Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gustav Metzger - Flailing Trees

Gustav Metzger's Flailing Trees is set in the forecourt of the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
A commission for Manchester International Festival the 21 willow trees set in concrete reflect Metzger's long standing concern with the environment. The upside-down-ness of the trees emphasises their precarious position in relation to the busy Oxford Road. With their heads plunged in concrete and roots in the air the artist's act of inversion opens up a myriad of possible meanings within the piece.

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