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artist | Stefano Canto

2012

Sculpture / Edition of 5

8 × 33 cm / 3.1 × 13.0 in

Cement mould.

'Ganoderma applanatum', 'Inonotus hispidus', 'Armillaria' and 'Fomes fomentarius', are just some of the pathogenic agents that cause the emptying of the central part of a tree, leading to their subsequent felling.

The development of these forms of illness ... Read more
Cement mould.

'Ganoderma applanatum', 'Inonotus hispidus', 'Armillaria' and 'Fomes fomentarius', are just some of the pathogenic agents that cause the emptying of the central part of a tree, leading to their subsequent felling.

The development of these forms of illness in trees is tightly tied to urbanisation of metropolises and the difficulty that plants have in adapting to an artificial habitat full of poisons.

A tree eaten from the inside is emptied of its soul and loses substance, becoming an unsturdy and precarious structure that must be quickly demolished.

To cast the missing part of the tree in cement means to solidify what the invasive fungus has removed from the object. In this way absence becomes presence, the void becomes full. Read less
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