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)
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."