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Le foglie delle radici by Giuseppe Penone

The Clark Art Institute announces the first American installation of Le foglie delle radici (The Leaves of the Roots) (2011) by sculptor Giuseppe Penone (Italian, b. 1947, Garessio, Italy). The thirty-foot-tall cast bronze, steel, and soil sculpture of an upturned tree with a live eastern red cedar sapling growing from its inverted roots is a long-term installation on loan from a private collection and is situated on the lawn of the Clark’s 1955 Museum Building.
 
Le foglie delle radici is the latest long-term contemporary art installation on the Clark’s campus in recent years. In 2014, five carved stone benches by American artist Jenny Holzer’s Truism and Living series were placed near the reflecting pool to mark the opening of the Clark Center. In 2015, the site-specific commissioned work by Thomas Schütte, Crystal, a wood and metal structure in the shape of a human-scale geode, was fabricated at the top of Stone Hill, and in 2016, William Crovello’s red granite sculpture Katana was installed just north of the main parking lot.

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Giuseppe Penone (Italian, b. 1947). Le foglie delle radici (The Leaves of the Roots), Fourth version, 2011. Bronze, steel, tree, soil. © 2019 Giuseppe Penone / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Clark Art Institute, Amy Coon

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