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Benjamin Planitzer

Wood is ubiquitous, but mainly perceived just as a surface. The artistic approach of my vessels is intended to offer a new point of view by opening the material and making the structure of the spatial dimension, and hence the inner life of the tree, conceivable. The natural weathering processes with their various stages of decay to which the wood is exposed in nature inspired the means I’m working with: sand and wind – capable of designing entirely new landscapes.

From the thin hollow shapes of my vessels the soft parts of the wood are removed so the essence, the skeleton of the tree is visible.

To gain the best possible result I make use of the North American Douglas fir, wide-ringed wood with a suitable difference in the degrees of hardness between early and late wood – this special quality allows me to create the skeleton structure shortly before the wood disintegrates. The filigree joints and the hard slices of the annual rings remaining give the fascinating impression of looking deep into the normally hidden heart of the tree.

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