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Natural Edge creates useful, artistic objects (furniture, gazebos, tree houses, picture frames, bird feeders) out of minimally processed natural materials. Don’t just show up at Natural Edge and expect to see anything or anyone. Its founder, David Robinson, is likely out of town installing his work in some of the most interesting and prestigious gardens in the country. He might be at the Central Park Children’s Zoo, renovating an installation he completed 20 years ago, or installing a gazebo at a university in Ohio, or creating a custom tree house at a mansion in Westchester County, NY, a playhouse for the grandchildren of a billionaire investment banker.
But if you have a serious interest in his work (and perhaps an intention to purchase something) give David a call or send him an email and arrange to visit his studio on Pearl Street, a gritty industrial block tucked between the Arena and the train station. It’s the sort of post-industrial ruin that’s the perfect space for an artist working with large, physical objects like tree limbs, and the sort of space that keeps the Trenton art scene sputtering along despite itself.
David’s work isn’t cheap. He might let one of his simpler bird houses go for $50, but an industrial-strength park bench might set you back $1,600, and a major installation like a tree house, with access ramps custom designed for the site, could cost $20,000 and up. Still, it’s all “one of a kind” stuff created by a master of the form. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see larger images of his work.
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