Giuseppe Penone

Castello di Rivoli

Giuseppe Penone’s interventions into the growth of trees in Alpi Marittime (Maritime Alps, 1968) constituted the beginning of his artistic path, which immediately converged with the orbit of arte povera. In Alpi Marittime, the passage of time is an essential factor for constituting form, and coincides with a ritual of transformation. Penone altered the direction of growth of three artificially interwoven shrubs. He traced the outline of his body by inserting nails in the trunk of the tree and then cast his hand in steel; this hand was then placed to clasp the trunk at one point so that it enters the history of the tree, deforming it with its own imprint. These are all actions that, with a violent gesture, interrupt nature and imprint upon the natural phenomenon a sort of writing that, with time, will graft together with it.

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