‘Graft’ Tree Sculpture by Roxy Paine is Inspiring Symbol for the New Year

WASHINGTON, DC—There is an inspiring symbol for the New Year in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art.

Diverse and peculiar sculptures are set among the garden’s trees. The most striking is “Graft,” a sculpture by Roxy Paine that is an enormous, stainless steel tree. The installation references life, growth and opportunity—qualities symbolic of renewal and the celebration of a New Year.

The sculpture’s metallic branches shine against the deep greens of the garden’s natural trees.

The National Gallery describes the sculpture thus: “‘Graft’ presents two fictive but distinct species of trees—one gnarled, twisting, and irregular, the other smooth, elegant, and rhythmic—joined to the same trunk. Among its rich associations, this sculpture evokes the persistent human desire to alter and recombine elements of nature, as well as the ever-present tension between order and chaos.”

Here’s to a 2012 rife with inspiring art and innovative design.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Graft,” 2008-2009 (stainless steel).

Standing 45 feet high and 45 feet wide, “Graft” is composed of more than 8,000 parts and weighs 16,000 pounds.

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