Tree People.

Lee Steen's Tree People

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Great Falls, Montana

For thirty years, self-taught artist Lee Steen lived with his twin brother Dee and was known around Roundup, Montana, for his yard full of mechanical junkyard animals and "Tree People," fashioned from cottonwood branches into humanoid characters (perhaps with the addition of an old flower pot or tin cup hat and button eyes). Lee moved into a nursing home in 1972 and passed away in 1975. His mechanical creatures were lost, but much of his scrap wood art was rescued and preserved for continuing display in a local museum.

Lee Steen's Tree People

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

Address:
1400 1st Ave North, Great Falls, MT
Directions:
I-15/Central Ave W, between 1st Ave N and Central Ave at 14th St. N.
Hours:
M-F 10-5, Sa 12-5, Tu evenings 7-9. (Call to verify)
Phone:
406-727-8255
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