Tree Trunk Forms Made from Densely Stacked Sheets of Newspaper

Colombian artist Miler Lagos creates beautiful tree trunk forms composed entirely of sheets of newspaper, densely stacked together and sanded at the edges. The exposed cross section of each tree trunk reveals fragments of photographs and half-legible headlines from a Colombian daily called “El Tiempo”. Gallery educator and freelance curator Ben Street explains, “What the thin lines of text most strikingly evoke, though, are the rings within tree trunks – which, of course, point to its age. Time, here, is measured not in organic growth, but in the reception of information. Set against the impassivity and quiet nobility of natural forms, this is a quiet critique of a contemporary world drowning in unprocessed information; little wonder there‚Äôs a sadness in these idling forms, scattered in our path.”

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