Bronze Hand Tree

Photo credit: Giuseppe Penone via Bored Panda

Giuseppe Penone didn’t use Photoshop to create this bronze hand squeezing tree installation, but rather the Italian artist actually attached the sculpture onto a tree at the Nasher Sculpture Center in 1968. The hand, called “Continuera a crescere tranne che in quel punto” (“It Will Continue to Grow Except at this Point” in Italian) was cast from the artist’s actual hand and lower arm. Afterwards, it was attached in onto a sapling, thus causing the tree to thicken around the metal over the years. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Bronze Hand Tree
Bronze Hand Tree

“I feel the forest breathing, and hear the slow, inexorable growth of the wood. I match my breathing to that of the green world around me, I feel the flow of the tree around my hand placed against the trunk,” said Penone in 1968.