Young Tree Carved Inside Old Tree

“My artwork shows, with the language of sculpture, the essence of matter and tries to reveal with the work, the hidden life within.” –Giuseppe Penone

What better way to appreciate nature and the wonders of life than with a simply amazing art sculpture like this? In The Hidden Life Within, Italian artist Guiseppe Penone carves out a young tree with an older tree to reveal its past, showing us what once grew inside so that it may now "live in the present." Inspired by the quiet slowness of growth in the natural world, the artist asks us to take a moment to stop and think about the concept of time and how there's a common vital force in all living things.

The Hidden Life Within was just recently displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario (until January 15, 2012). Would have been great to see in person.

Art Gallery of Ontario website

Photo credits/via: Nature and Knowledge, Sphilbrick, Zoe J Griffiths, AGO, Milly's Art Blog

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Tags: art, old, sculpture, tree, young

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Comment by paolo velasco on May 18, 2012 at 8:50am

modern art- something that can be done by almost anybody, but didn't

Comment by Pete Hildebrand on January 22, 2012 at 11:32am

I'm always impressed when I see something so simple and beautiful that I wonder why no one ever thought of it before. Such a great thing.

Comment by Jordan Mahaffey on January 21, 2012 at 10:21am

What a great concept.


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