Roxy Paine

One Hundred Foot Line

2010

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. In this narrative, the trunk, which tapers skyward into a sleekly rendered line, extends above and beyond itself, presenting an awe-inspiring confrontation between the natural and the "man-made."

Artist
Title
One Hundred Foot Line
Date
2010
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
rolled sheet metal and stainless steel
Dimensions
30.5 x 1.3 m diameter maximum irregular
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2011
Rights
Photo © NGC
Accession number
43255