About the Artwork
Over nine metres tall, Giuseppe Penone’s sculpture presents a bronze deciduous tree bearing the fruit of five river stones, nestled within its branches. The bronze encapsulates the memory of the tree, memorialising and extending its life as it appears to rise out of the ground, undeterred by the weight of the boulders. Both the tree on which the sculpture is based and the river stones are local to the artist’s studio in Northern Italy.
Since Penone’s earliest works from the 1960s, trees have dominated his practice. According to the artist, “the tree represents the first principle and the most simple conception of vitality, nature and sculpture. It represents a live, fluid form.”*
*Pacquement, Alfred, ‘Ideas of Sculpture’ in Giuseppe Penone: Prospettiva Vegetale, ed. Arabella Natalini and Sergio Risaliti (Florence: Forma, 2014), 88.
Copyright the artist; Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery Photo © Nick Turpin
bronze, river stone
899 x 400 x 200 cm