A Three-Story Tree Acts as a Scaffold for a Growing Community in a Mural by Ethan Murrow

“The Garden” in Seattle. All images © Ethan Murrow In a 53-foot mural of exposed roots and tangled branches, Boston-based artist Ethan Murrow (previously) situates an energetic construction site manned by human workers, who heave their materials and balance across taught ropes. “The Garden” is replete with scaffolding, small tool sheds, and suspended orbs of sod and lumber among the sturdy boughs. With flags staked on its top, the tree serves as an organic backdrop for the humans’ manufactured expansion. Evidenced by the figure raising a tree branch to the sky in the top left corner, though, the workers’ actions often appear peculiar and inconsequential. In a statement, Murrow explains that his scenic works are rooted in United States history …