June 29, 2013

Bottle Tree

by : Charles Linder

14 feet tall, wood, metal.

2012, San Francisco.



One of the ideas behind the piece comes from the dispensable nature of trees – and champagne – both being commodity consumables. When a fir is cut down and is lying on the forest floor, this dispensable sculpture could be said to be hidden inside of every coniferous tree.

A reflection of the liquid nature of natural assets which appear at one time to be solid. Wide at the bottom, skinny at the top, the form of the sculpture mirrors that of the tree itself, with minimal subtraction needed to reveal the minaret at its core.

The size of each wooden bottle exactly mirrors the glass champagne bottle from which it was modeled. A taxonomy for the naming of these forms was developed by a Benedictine monk in the 1600’s. Therefore, many of the names bear biblical references such as Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Methusalem, Nebuchadnezzar and Solomon, among others. This wooden maquette with 9 champagne bottle forms should be seen as a model for a much larger, outdoor bronze sculpture.The height of the first bottle being as tall and wide as the artist, and, with each successively smaller bottle stacked on top.

Offered by refusalon at The J W Marriott.