tree roots emerge from the ceiling in an installation by giuseppe licari 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 licariceiling 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 spacephoto © 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 roomimage courtesy of the artist



the artwork transforms the room into a sort of underground lairphoto © 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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  • thanks to Pascal Cribier @ Espace EDF Electra

    kekos5 says:
  • unique and interesting perspective; challenges ones perception as art should…

    michael magnotta says:
  • Excellent. Reverse thinking. Perfect.


    JimCan says:
  • Absolutely love it, best installation I’ve seen in a long long while

    beble says:
  • something for those who are in the brick and concrete canyons of the cities
    something for intellectuals go go wow about
    put it in an art gallery and it becomes ?????HIGH ART ?????
    I think not
    Hurricane did better without the sterile space of a gallery
    I see the scars every day

    Paedra says:
  • How many trees were distroyed for the sake of art?

    Swapnil says:
  • I am proud to have seen the installation in real and to have had the possibility to talk with the artist. The trees were dead, sick urban trees. The municipality is taking care of them, removing the dead trees and planting new ones.
    That’s where the trees come from…the roots can give you an idea of the soil in which they have been growing; between car roads and houses.

    Dirk says:
  • I like the effect of the “organic chandeliers” to walls and floor, the combination of light and wood really is very appealing. Take a look at Meghan Finkler’s work, she also uses dead branches and driftwood for her creations

    Alex says:
  • How to get those fixed to the ceiling? Please, can you tell me

    Mare says:
  • Double sided tape Mare ; {}

    wayne neylan says:
  • watch that joka lying below the roots. loool.

    sheema says:

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