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tree roots emerge from the ceiling in an installation by giuseppe licari
jan 29, 2013
tree roots emerge from the ceiling in an installation by giuseppe licari


‘humus 2012′ by giuseppe licari
ceiling construction, trees’ roots, halogen lamps – dimensions variable
photo © job janssen and jan adriaans 
image courtesy of the artist

 

 

rotterdam-based sicilian artist giuseppe licari presents a network of tree roots hanging from the ceiling like foreign, organic chandeliers.
his site-specific installation titled ‘humus’ -  which refers to the soil layer that is essential for the growth of trees and plants – features the extended
prickly roots of trees affixed to the top of a constructed ceiling, transforming the room into a sort of underground lair.
the work articulates a world where visitors are able to get an exclusive peek at a hidden world beneath a park or forest.
the dead trees are presenting with their roots, the condition of the soil in which they have grown in their urban environment.
the relationship between humankind and nature, growth and decay are central themes in licari’s work, which resonates with an echo of arte povera.

 

 


installation view
photo © job janssen and jan adriaans
image courtesy of the artist

 

 


the work depicts the underbelly of a forest in a gallery space
photo © job janssen and jan adriaans

image courtesy of the artist

 

 


central tree roots
image courtsey of the artist

 

 


image courtesy the artist

 

 


photo © job janssen and jan adriaans
image courtesy of the artist

 

 


image courtesy the artist

 

 


the roots seen from the adjacent room
image courtesy of the artist

 

 


the artwork transforms the room into a sort of underground lair
photo © aad hogendoorn
image courtesy of the artist

 

 


the audience weaving between the roots during the opening
photo © aad hogendoorn
image courtesy of the artist

 

 


image courtesy the artist

 

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