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Art Orienté Objet

Unrooted Tree (Arbre sans racines) ou la Machine à faire parler les arbres was conceived in 2009 by Benoît Mangin et Marion Laval-Jeantet, during a trip to Cameroon in mountainous forests exploited by a certified company, where only the tree trunks are usually exploited while the branch parts are left on site. From the remains of a felled giant tropical tree, the artists recomposed a new tree on which they carved the various stages of phylogenesis, the developing history of all species. At their extremity, many of them are sculpted into a bike fork to which is fixed a wheel with spokes bearing enigmatic phrases related to the 360 degree Sabians, short symbolic astrological formulae which, segmenting the zodiac signs, serve to nuance predictions. Art Orienté Objet’s work can be interpreted as a poetic-melancholic metaphor for the mysterious relationship between microcosm and macrocosm, and can be activated by the artists during performances, in which the tree answers the visitors' questions.


  1. Art Orienté Objet Unrooted Tree (Arbre sans racines) ou la Machine à faire parler les arbres, 2009

    Branches gravées (rebus de déforestation), roues de bicyclette gravées
    650 x Ø 900 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2011 - Les artistes
    Vues de l’exposition au Mudam Luxembourg, 23 mars 2013 – 8 september 2013
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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