Back to StoriesFebruary 15, 2023By Anabella Alfonzo
Hablan poco los árboles, se sabe.
Pasan la vida entera meditando
y moviendo sus ramas.
Basta mirarlos en otoño
cuando se juntan en los parques:
sólo conversan los más viejos
Eugenio Montejo, Los árboles
Trees have been a subject matter for artists throughout history. Painters, sculptors, and many contemporary artists continue to be inspired by trees: The concepts they represent, the feelings they evoke, their shape, colour, scale, their important function, their uses in the modern world, and a plethora of other themes that emerge from their artistic explorations.
As part of a research study, when looking at Tree sculptures and similar art installations, we were particularly fascinated by the artworks that propose new ways of looking at trees, like Pamela Rosenkranz’ visceral red and pink tree coming up to the High Line this Spring (#1), Vladimir Kanic’s tree prototype and his latest oxygen producing living sculptures (#4), or Charles Campbell’s Tree: Finding Accompong, connecting us to slavery roots through respiratory metaphors (#9).
Here, we show only a glimpse of the wide variety of approaches and artistic expressions we have been studying – Enjoy!