September 26, 2013
Giuseppe Penone’s “Ideas of Stone” Has Arrived (pics)
Today marks the official opening of Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra) by internationally renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The work consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees that explore the relationship of man, sculpture and nature.
Penone speaking about the installation, states, “it is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives.”
The exhibit come a perfect time in the year, as Debbie Landau, the President of The Madison Square Park Conservancy, notes: “Penone’s work . . . compliments the natural environment of the park’s foliage as the season transitions from fall to winter.” The exhibit runs through February 9, 2014.
Enjoy these fantastic photographs by James Ewing courtesy of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Also, tweet us your own photos of the fantastic bronze trees and we’ll post them for the neighborhood to see!