NOTICE – The European and American Galleries will be closed from 23 January to 29 January 2017. Learn more


One Hundred Foot LineEnlarge image

One Hundred Foot Line, 2010

Roxy Paine
American, 1966
rolled sheet metal and stainless steel
30.5 x 1.3 m diameter maximum irregular
Purchased 2011
National Gallery of Canada (no. 43255)
Photo © NGC

Roxy Paine's sculptural work examines how nature and technology collide in the contemporary landscape. "One Hundred Foot Line" is one of the artist’s "Dendroids," a series of large-scale representations of trees that Paine constructs with the tools and materials of heavy industry. "Dendroid" - drawn from the Greek word for tree - recalls the futuristic concept of an "android," a synthetic organism. Paine's Dendroids attempt to observe and understand trees as a language governed by rules and structures. A key element of this language in "One Hundred Foot Line" is the trunk, which tapers skyward into a sleekly rendered line. As it extends above and beyond itself, this work presents an awe-inspiring confrontation between the natural and the "man-made."



No Audio


No Media

Library and Archives

Search for catalogue entries


Part of the Building and Grounds Tour