Untitled (tree stump)


Cast polyurethane, black

105 x 165 x 114 cm (41 5/16 x 64 15/16 x 44 7/8 in.)

A riot of frayed roots springs from one side of a black monolith, leaving little doubt about the natural origin of the material thus enhanced. However, the sculpture’s title is misleading. It is not a roughly cut and painted tree stump but a polyurethane mould.

Fulfilling the desire to create "rubber roots", the work is part of a reflection on "simulated ready-made" polyurethane imitating black rubber that Peter Fischli & David Weiss have focused on since the 1980s. In addition to natural items such as stumps, they have copied and moulded a number of everyday objects using the same technical process.

This illusionistic work, which is in the Pinault Collection, was shown during the major exhibition "Mapping the Studio" between 2009 and 2011 at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi.
Peter Fischli & David Weiss's other artwork