Steve Jobs’ contributions to technology are almost too numerous to count – and aside from Apple, nowhere are those contributions more recognized than at Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs purchase Pixar back in 1986 (then called The Graphics Group), and had a significant hand in Pixar’s animation technology. Back in November of last year, Pixar paid tribute to the late Apple co-founder by renaming their studio’s main building in his honor – and now, as noted by Pixar Times, the company has planted a tree in his honor as well.
Earlier this week, I was at Pixar to preview the studio’s upcoming films, Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella, and noticed that one tree stood alone on the grass near the studio’s main building, which was recently named The Steve Jobs Building. The tree’s solitary nature appeared to extend its beauty, as if a spotlight shined on its leaves and highlighted its importance.
Upon closer inspection, the plaque placed before it became clear. It reads:Dedicated With Love And Gratitude To
Our Partner, Mentor, And Friend
The tribute is just the latest nod to Jobs, preceded by a mention of Jobs in the credits of the 2012 Disney film Brave, and the dedication of the film John Carter in Jobs’ name. The tree and plaque are both beautiful reminders of Steve Jobs’ lasting legacy not only to Apple, but to Pixar (and indeed, the computer animation industry) as well.
A fitting tribute indeed.