Tree Trunks Burst Through Gallery Walls

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira shows absolutely no respect to art galleries' walls! It's as if he has the supernatural ability to control trees, making them burst through the walls at his own whim.

When Oliveira was a student in São Paulo, there was a plywood fence outside his window that began to peel and fade into different layers and colors. The wood, called tapumes in Portuguese, is ubiquitous in the Brazilian city. When the fence was dismantled, Oliveira collected the remains and used them as raw materials for his senior show.

Now, as a professional artist, Oliveira has clearly stepped up his game. After scavenging the dumpsters of São Paulo, the artist paints peels of wood after they are curled onto a PVC pipe skeleton. Oliveira chooses wood pieces that are already splitting and dying because they perfectly represent the decay of life in the city.

Henrique Oliveira's website
via [Jay Mug], [Inhabitat]

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Comment by Vince S. Manayaga III on January 29, 2012 at 11:34pm


Comment by Claire on December 30, 2011 at 4:27pm

I love this!

Comment by Luc Benyon on December 30, 2011 at 12:26pm

This is great. Would hate to be in a room when the tree burst through...

Comment by sAm on December 29, 2011 at 8:05pm


Comment by Elnaz Sadeghi on December 26, 2011 at 4:01pm



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