Spread over the 1,700 hectares at The Morton Arboretum Just outside of Chicago there are five giant figures by the Cape Town-based artist Daniel Popper ((before). Mainly made of wood with elements of glass concrete, fiberglass and steel, the towering sculptures stand out against the green landscape and pay homage to the endurance and diversity of nature, especially to the 220,000 individual specimens that grow on the site. Man + nature is Popper’s largest exhibition to date.
The female figures, four of which are shown here, vary in pose, material and overall aesthetics. “Hallow”, which stands at the entrance to the arboretum, is a poetic sculpture that at the fern-roofed installation the artist unveiled in Fort Lauderdale late last year. “Sentient”, on the other hand, surrounds a central bust with a surreal collection of facial features that are depicted on angled pieces of wood. Each is built on a monumental scale, up to 26 feet tall and several tons in weight.
Man + nature opens at the arboretum on May 28th and will be on display for at least a year. Find more of Popper’s massive works of art as well as insights into his process on Instagram.
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