Venice, known to some as “The floating City”, is build on a foundation of wood pilings driven deep into the mud of the lagoon. While wood may not be though of as the best material with with to build a city so often inundated by the sea, it has proven surprisingly effective. For centuries, wood poles (BRICOLE) have been lashed together in threes throughout the lagoon to indicate where the water was deep enough for boats. I came across with a collection of decommissioned BRICOLE, relieved of their duties in the Venice waterways, and feel in love with the story and history of this wood. Taking pieces that may have, in some cases, sat submerged in the lagoon of hundreds of years, I created elegant structures that retain the physical and cultural history of my home city.
On display: Rocking Deer.
Thanks to Gabriele Zornetta for the BRICOLE and to Paolo Crepax (MURANO glassblower) for the antlers.
At JDK Gallery, Vermont - USA