The dancing trees by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Sep 26, 2015 | written by:

Venice Biennale d’Arte (which is the biennial international exhibition taking place in Venice – Italy) is a magical place where everything seems to be possibile, even the unattainable.

This year the French Pavillion is hosting one tree right inside the building and other two just outside which are able to… move!

The installation by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is called ‘rêvolutions’. The majestic Scotch pine is in the middle of the Pavillion which has been opened to let sun, rain and wind be in very close contact with it.

The artist offers the choreographic alchemy of three trees moving with their metabolism, according to variations in sap flow or changes in light and shade. The principle is called ‘transmutation’: to the codifying of physical events – such as the life process within a tree or the electricity differential between a plant and the earth – and their connection with other information to produce movement.

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