One Hundred Foot Line, 2010
rolled sheet metal and stainless steel
30.5 x 1.3 m diameter maximum irregular
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."