Terroir

Ongoing series, started 2019

A series of fictitious landscapes created by reading olive growth rings as topographical maps. The series closes a feedback loop between the actual landscape that dictated the tree's growth, and the hidden landscape derived from that growth, which emerges from reading tree rings as a function of height, instead of time.

 

Each piece starts with a thin slab of wild olive wood with its characteristically complex and undulating ring patterns. Each growth ring is meticulously separated by hand, and the rings are then stacked vertically to create a topography that is unique to that particular part, of that particular tree, and the environmental conditions in the particular point in time that it was growing.

© 2019 by Ofer Grunwald

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