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Patrick Corillon

Giò Marconi

The announcement of Patrick Corillon’s recent installation fictitiously introduced his works as “Le osservazioni di Geppetto C. . . . Botanico Milanese (1902–1960)" (The observations of Geppetto C. . . . Milanese botanist ([1902–1960], 1989). In doing so, it both provided a historical and narrative structure within which the works could be read, and aroused curiosity about the identity of this late botanist, who shared his name with the famous woodcarver from Carlo Collodi’s tale, “Pinocchio.” For this installation Corillon constructed 27 nearly identical flower-or plantlike forms—manipulations of wire, iron, Plexiglas, soil—to document a life dedicated to botanical observations. Pots of soil each held a central wire, quickly perceived as a stalk, which seemed to grow organically out of the shelf, a tail of the same wire hung freely beneath the shelf; indicating the plant’s roots. Each

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