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© Roxy Paine / Munich Re<br/>    Picture: Jens Weber, Munich<br />

Roxy Paine

Born 1966 in New York, USA
Lives and works in New York

Discrepancy, 2011

Stainless steel
Height, approx. 12 m

A central theme in Roxy Paine's artwork is the complex relationship between nature and technology, between the natural form and the artefact. The American artist looks for similarities and differences between nature and the industrial world, for parallels and alternatives in structure and expression. In so doing, he raises the question of where man stands in this field of tension.

Since 1999, Paine has added stainless steel sculptures, so-called "dendroids", to his oeuvre. Their fundamental form is based on branched networks like those found in trees, neural pathways or pipe systems. “Discrepancy”, Paine's dendroid sculpture, stands before a Munich Re office building. In summer, when the trees around it are in leaf, the artwork serves as a model-like reference to the existential nature of a tree, to the fundamental structure of its being. In winter, its naturalistic form language allows it to become part of nature.

Location: Mandlstrasse 3, Munich

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