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Giuseppe Penone tree centerThere is new art to enjoy in Madison Square Park – three 40-foot bronze tree sculptures by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The official opening of the installation is Thursday, but you can get a sneak peak now since they are up.

The life-like trees feature surreal giant stones in their branches, as if they carry them from the earth to the sky. The installation will stay up through through February 9th, 2014.

Statement from the artist: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and Giuseppe Penone tree 3in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.

The sculptures are part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Orly Genger, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.

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First look at the new art sculptures by Giuseppe Penone in Madison Square Park, 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 ratings

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