Ai Weiwei: Tree at TATE Modern
A monumental sculpture consisting of parts of trees gathered from across Ai Weiwei native China at the TATE Modern until Aug.15th
BY BEA MARTIN
Tree 2010 by conceptual Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is made from numerous dry branches, roots, and trunks from different species of trees that the artist gathered from across his native China.
Although it mimics the form of a real tree, the visible joints make it apparent that it has been made by piecing together individual elements.
Tree celebrates the Chinese custom of displaying distinctive tree trunks and curiously shaped roots as home decorations.
The dry and ‘dead’ tree sections that Tree is made from also draw attention to the country’s rapid urbanisation and economic growth, which has resulted in damage to the natural environment and the suppression of traditional culture.
Ai Weiwei: Tree at the TATE Modern until Aug.15th
Photography ©Bea Martin