War Declared Between Rocks and Trees

The Daily Pic: Giuseppe Penone's bronze trees take their licks.

11.07.13 7:21 PM ET

One of three peculiar trees made entirely of bronze by Giuseppe Penone, now installed in Madison Square Park in New York care of Mad. Sq. Art.  In the late 1960s, Penone  made excellent work that distorted live trees, but I quite like this latest simulacrum. It's not trompe-l'oeil for its own sake, but in order to make an imaginary, and otherwise impossible, intervention into nature. Hard to see how you'd get a volcano to spit boulders just where you needed them to fall...

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