Pequeña Palma Huracanada (2017)
Over the centuries, the myth of Eden has been expressed in our culture in many ways. Christopher Columbus´s travel diaries describe a heavenly geography, that forever destroyed Milton´s concept of paradise and created the notion of an imaginary realm of turquoise waters and playful palm trees. The reality of the Caribbean is far removed from these idyllic descriptions. It´s a region battered by hurricane winds and pirates, where daily life becomes a question of resilience, a typical trait shared by heroes and the wise.
Pequeña Palma Huracanada transposes Haemon´s words to Creon from ancient Greece to a tropical latitude: In flood time you can see how some trees bend/ And because they bend, even their twigs are safe / While stubborn trees are torn up, roots and all (Sophocles, Antigone). The sculpture is a tribute to the strength and wisdom of resilience, a reflection about the heroism that shapes these heavenly places.
Pequeña Palma Huracanada is a bronze sculpture created by the collective Los Carpinteros at Factum Arte. This work, representing palm tree battered by hurricane winds, was made using a combination of materials and techniques.
The work was created in sections by taking moulds of a real palm tree. The stem of a tree was covered in silicone and the mould of the stem was filled with plaster.
Individual leaves were made of wax from a silicone mould of real leaves. The palm and the leaves were cast in bronze and assembled at the foundry.
Making a silicone mould of a real palm tree.
Making wax leaves
Wax leaves and its corresponding silicone moulds
Assembling Pequeña Palma Huracanada at the foundry
Final work, detail
Los Carpinteros showed Pequeña Palma Huracanada at Art Basel Miami (2017).
Pequeña Palma Huracanada installed at Art Basel Miami, 2017