Shimmering Light Through the Hollow Tree
Spazio di Luce (Light Space) has produced an impressive sculpture of Giuseppe Penone tree. Italian artists came to a fallen tree in the mountains and was immediately attracted to her because she had broken into large pieces perfect for casting in bronze. Thus, section by section, covering the hollow tree inside the metallic background. Outside of what appears to be the crust is actually the wax that has been applied in several layers. How Penone wax layers on the surface with bare hands brush and began the material so the texture of the crust and the impressions of the artist to reveal fingerprints.
The installation was created to produce under Bloomberg Commission an annual invitation to an international artist, site-specific works of art in the Whitechapel Gallery in London. In the final presentation of each section of the tree takes on a life of its own animation. Many of the live branches are leg-like, creating a confusing blur between plant and animal. Visitors are invited to visit the shiny gold interior closely and look through long tunnels fine radiating light in all directions. According to the website of the gallery: "This merger of the crust and the handprints still concern Penones long career with the human body fit in the dialogue with the organic world it inhabits."
Trees have been a focal point for penone throughout his career. many of his earliest work -- that survive now only as photographs -- took place in the forests near turin or his home town of garessio in italy. the images expose the intimate relationship penone maintains with nature, and how closely he works with bark and branches as a medium.
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