Art can take many forms, and this 1959 Chevrolet pickup hoisted into a tree is one of them. According to a report from The Beloit Daily News, the Chevy pickup in a tree has become a local symbol in Clinton, Wisconsin, and well-known piece nationwide after Mark Madson placed the truck in the tree 24 years ago.
The truck sits 30 feet in the air and was originally placed atop the tree as a treehouse for Madson’s son. And it required plenty of thought to ensure it remained for years to come. The tree was balanced and secured to support the Chevy pickup and Madson removed the engine and transmission. Finally, he installed brackets to ensure the truck wasn’t going anywhere. He told the local news its withstood 60 mph winds.
Madson is dedicated and he even uses a lift to wash and wax the Chevy to keep it presentable for everyone passing by the fixture on Interstate 43. In 1997, he took the truck down to repaint it. In summer of 2017, he took it down again to totally restore the truck, and then put it back.
A fundraiser celebrated the art piece’s 24th anniversary this past Monday, and judging by Madson’s dedication, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.