Book of Trees

Eric Serritella

14" h x 12" w x 9" d

SEE011

2009

Description

Inventory Number SEE011

Size 14" h x 12" w x 9" d

Material Stoneware

Period Contemporary

Country of Origin United States

Year Made 2009

The Book of Trees is a stoneware sculpture that honors the role that trees play in our everyday life. Wood is integral to the printing and binding of books. The solid cover, depicted as a weathered natural wood signifies how tree products have confidently held the printed word of humans for centuries. The aged cover symbolizes how the printing medium is aging slowly toward a possible death and replacement by digital mediums. The interior of the cover is filled with pages made from the bark of the most paper-like of trees, the birch. They too are ragged and aging and their future seems fragile like a good book, a tactile nature is important. It still feels great to have a book in one’s hand instead of on a monitor or screen.

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