When fabricating an artificial tree
, whether the tree be completely fabricated, assembled from pre-fabricated tree bark sheets
or whatever method being used, an important factor to take into consideration from an artistic standpoint, is just how realistic or stylized the tree in question should be.
Depending, of course, upon the needs and wishes of the client, or the requirements of whatever given project for which it's being fabricated, will the tree be created as an extremely authentic (museum quality) recreation of nature, a less detailed yet still more or less accurate representation of a real tree or a completely artistic interpretation? And even within this last category, there are many ways in which a fabrication artist can go, taking the design and fabrication of the tree in directions as diverse as a cute, cartoonish and "kid friendly" or even anthropomorphized tree to an almost "fine art" sculptural interpretation.
Most of these choices ban be predicated upon where the tree is going to finally be utilized once fabricated. Clearly, a tree being built for a museum exhibit
will need to be rendered in fine, ultra-realistic detail, though obviously a children's museum display may be better served by a more cartoon-like tree. Is the fabricated tree being blended into a very realistic environment? Will it be standing alone, perhaps the tree is utilized as a branded symbol in a healthcare setting
, or possible in a restaurant or retail space? Will the public be coming into close contact with the tree, and will they be able, even, to climb upon it? What is the purpose of the sculpted tree? It may be used to frame views
, define scale, or enhance office productivity
. All these factors contribute not only to how a fabrication artist approaches the final appearance of the tree, but also in many ways in what way the tree is built and with what materials, as well.
Budget, too, plays a huge part in determining the level of detail and/or stylization incorporated into the production of an artificial tree. Obviously, working on a limited budget impacts how much time and attention to detail can be lavished on a particular project, as well as the materials involved. Thus, the more detailed and realistic a fabricated tree is to be, the higher the budget required to create a satisfactory end product. Certain shortcuts and compromises can be agreed upon, surely (lessening, say, the number of branches, or the amount of foliage to be used), but there really is no way around the fact that a very high-quality, highly-detailed museum quality fabricated tree
is going to also be an expensive one.
This doesn't necessarily mean that a more stylized, less "realistic" and less detailed tree will by default be cheap. Much depends, naturally, on the level of stylization, and an abstract, artistically interpreted and sculptural tree could very easily end up being as costly if not more so than a realistic one, as the level of complexity involved in the build, and the amount of artistic interpretation involved, could be as time consuming as slavishly replicating the look of a genuine tree, if not more.
In the end, of course, it all boils down to what the client wants or feels is appropriate for the project in question, and, taking into account their budget, the environment in which it is to be displayed and its ultimate end-use, the style of fabricated tree, its method of construction and level of detail can then be backed into. It's not always an easy or pain-free process, however it is a good yardstick to use in determining just how to create the best fabricated tree possible that will satisfy the client's needs and make them as happy with their purchase as possible.