Henrique Oliveira’s wood tunnels

Oliveira’s installation was sent to me by one of my peers because it reminded them of my work. As soon as I looked at this I could instantly see what they meant.The structural shape he has created strongly resembles how I imagine the inside of my rocks to be.

This creation’s exterior and interior is extremely beautiful and hugely inspiring. Because of the scale of his installation, people can walk inside the structure and this is a very important part of this piece. It is fully immersive for the viewer and they likely feel transported to a completely different world when they are walking inside it. I am so happy to have been shown this piece of work however there is a part of me that wishes I had created it first! He has achieved something that I am ultimately trying to achieve however practically I am finding ways to achieve this immersion on a smaller scale (for now anyway.)

“Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior.”

Text  and pictures from: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/05/henrique-oliveira-wood-tunnels/


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