Arbre des Voyelles, Paris

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  • It's nice to see because this work fits perfectly into the landscape of the tile garden. I will say that it is original because at first I thought it was an old tree. This bronze sculpture is actually commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It is a moulding of an old oak tree uprooted 28 meters long.
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  • Passing in the garden of the Tuileries, side Seine, we discover a large tree uprooted and lying down!! It is surprising that the gardeners did nothing and then we discover that it is a very realistic sculpture, in patinated bronze. We try to understand and that's where the headache starts to take effect!! This work, which dates from 1999, was made following the great storm of December 1999, which damaged many trees in its path. For the Italian artist Guiseppe Penone (born 1947) "The Tree is emblematic of nature" and he has a memory, a medium, which the author tries to give his explanation. Penone complicates the subject with taste, since he adds to this uprooted oak other tree species that appear as "Grafted"; There it is complicated, because Penone is inspired, without reference to it, of Rimbaud's famous poem "Voyelles" of 1895. He introduced the vowels of the Celtic alphabet of the druids in order, I E O U A which referred to tree names and whose first letter corresponds. For example the A is "Abiès Alba in Latin, or in French the White Fir. These vowels are represented in the roots of the tree, looking well. Apart from these considerations, which are used by the University to understand the work of this sculptor (CIS), I am not kidding, it must be recognized that this work has allure by the very faithful representation of a true tree. The frame is half under wood, which gives meaning to this sculpture, which is unique in its kind!! Note that, for those who would like to deepen this work, there are chairs available right next door.
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