Saturday, 30 July 2016

Anya Gallaccio


Nice of you to drop by.

I have only recently come across Anya Gallaccio.  The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester has recently installed one of her works. A stainless steel tree. Before the redevelopment of the Whitworth a 3D scan was made of the site which included the London plane trees there.  One of the line of plane trees had died and had been removed leaving a gap. Gallaccio created a stainless steel ghost-of-a-tree to mark the space using the 3D data collected.

She is a British minimalist artist born in 1963 creating site specific installations.  She uses organic matter for her work like flowers, fruit, vegetables, ice or chocolate - things which degrades over time. It might start out looking great but changes over time.  The work stays in the memory of those that see it as it is difficult to document because it is constantly changing.

Red on Green consisted of 10,000 roses on stems gradually decaying. 

Photo from the internet
There is a short video on the Jupiter Artland website showing the Red on Green installation being made as well as her grotto there called The Light Pours Out of Me made from amethyst, obsidian and hornbeem trees.

Preserve Beauty, which was produced when she was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003, was a wall of red gerberas behind a single sheet of glass.

Photo from internet

Photo from internet

Back at the Whitworth, another of her works has been recently acquired on loan from Thomas Dane - Red Door with Handle where the trapped gerberas are slowly decaying as the time passes.



  1. Fascinating. I love the idea of the ghost tree in stainless steel. I had a feeling I'd seen the piece one up from the bottom photo and I remembered it was part of a touring exhibition called Flora we saw in Llanbedrog in April this year:)

    1. With the tree being stainless steel, it reflects the ones around it, quite clever! :-)

  2. I have never come across her works before, quite amazing.

  3. I had never heard of her. Fascinating. Thank you. x