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This Bronze Sculpture Was Attached To A Tree In 1968, Here’s How It Looks Now
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This Bronze Sculpture Was Attached To A Tree In 1968, Here’s How It Looks Now

Giuseppe Penone’s hand is so strong, it can squeeze trees. I’m talking about his bronze sculpture of a hand, of course. This Italian artist installed it onto a tree in Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, in 1968, and it’s even more spectacular after many decades have passed.

The “Continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto” (“It Will Continue to Grow Except at this Point”) was made from a cast of the artist’s actual hand and lower arm. Giuseppe attached in onto a sapling, and throughout the years the tree would thicken around the metal. Now, it looks like that hand is stretching the bark with its fingers.

“I feel the forest breathing, and hear the slow, inexorable growth of the wood,” Penone wrote in 1968. “I match my breathing to that of the green world around me, I feel the flow of the tree around my hand placed against the trunk.” It’s hard to know what impact the metal will have on the tree in the long run, but the contrast between cold metal and organic wood looks mesmerizing.

(h/t: demilked, juxtapoz)

Giuseppe Penone started this project in 1968

This bronze sculpture was made from a cast of the artist’s actual hand

And it’s still gripping!

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Yvonne Bernal
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5 years ago

To me the most interesting part was the impressions from the fingertips. It actually gave the illusion of squeezing the trunk!

Daria B
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5 years ago

Same here. The fingertips really give the effect.

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Quant
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5 years ago

For those who are wondering why the tree hasn't grown more - this has to do with the fact that there is a bronze hand attached to it, strangling it. Had the "artist" taken his time during grade school biology classes he would immediately understand that this idea, while neat, is ultimately stupid, and damages a living being. It of course has a significant impact on the trees ability to grow. I strongly suggest looking up three words cambium, xylem, and phloem and suddenly everything will become clear as we begin to comprehend how new cells are created, vessels are build to take up nutrients and transport them around the tree.

Jo Bertels
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5 years ago

Why do you see barbwire grow into trees, who are completely around the tree, even more than this hands grip?

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Luna Clara
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5 years ago

it started out similar to this contgrow02-big.jpg contgrow02-big.jpg

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

To me the most interesting part was the impressions from the fingertips. It actually gave the illusion of squeezing the trunk!

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Same here. The fingertips really give the effect.

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Quant
Community Member
5 years ago

For those who are wondering why the tree hasn't grown more - this has to do with the fact that there is a bronze hand attached to it, strangling it. Had the "artist" taken his time during grade school biology classes he would immediately understand that this idea, while neat, is ultimately stupid, and damages a living being. It of course has a significant impact on the trees ability to grow. I strongly suggest looking up three words cambium, xylem, and phloem and suddenly everything will become clear as we begin to comprehend how new cells are created, vessels are build to take up nutrients and transport them around the tree.

Jo Bertels
Community Member
5 years ago

Why do you see barbwire grow into trees, who are completely around the tree, even more than this hands grip?

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Luna Clara
Community Member
5 years ago

it started out similar to this contgrow02-big.jpg contgrow02-big.jpg

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