Inspiration can be found anywhere, even in the aftermath of a storm. Chilean-born, New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz transformed a found branch from a felled tree into a unique and beautiful bookshelf. The repurposed artwork was named Bilbao, after the street in Santiago where it was found.
“The branch was taken to the workshop and twisted, turned, and readapted so it could hug a flat wall and live a new life as a shelf,” says a statement on the artist’s website. Errazuriz’s final composition comprises a hybrid of materials, including the original oriental plane tree branch, Jequitiba hardwood, stainless steel, glass, and black lacquer. The functional sculpture was manipulated to fit the corner of a room to look like it’s growing up and out of the ground.
The artwork measures 8 feet in height, 10 feet in width, and 1.2 feet in depth. Seven glass shelves are balanced among the branches. The bookshelf is part of Errazuriz’s ongoing tree series, which “attempt to let natural forms found in nature dictate the majority of design.”
Via My Modern Met
Images via Sebastian Errazuriz