Overseer towers 13 feet above the ground, as tall as the first story of Krasl Art Center. Although the figure standing atop the tree trunk might appear to be sculpted from stone or clay, it is actually cast bronze! Below, pieces of aluminum cast from a real tree trunk were welded together to create the column on which the figure stands. 

Natella was raised and educated in Italy, studying sculpture in the classical tradition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. She moved to the United States to study bronze casting techniques and received her MFA in sculpture from Western Michigan University. Natella currently serves on the faculty at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University, South Bend