Using reclaimed wood from fences surround Sao Paulo’s construction sites, Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira created an art installation that seems to grow out of walls, columns and girders of the exhibition hall at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Contorted and intertwining wood tentacles of his newest work, “Baitogogo,” symbolize the organic growth of the city’s favelas, and the “endemic and parasitic nature of these constructions.” The exhibition will be open until September 9.

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Oliveira’s sculptures, installations and paintings have one thing in common — a violent principle of organic growth. The most recent installation created for the famous exhibition hall at the Palais de Tokyo looks like a stage in the evolution of a conventional man-built structure. Amorphous branches grow out of the square-sectioned girders and pierce through and spill over all physical barriers. The room becomes a womb of a kind, or a cavity that cradles a foreign organism.

The artist draws inspiration from medical textbooks, especially studies of physical pathologies such as tumors. Using organic and recycled materials, he depicts the dynamic decay of Sao Paulo’s urban tissue and the favelas organic growth.

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Via Huh Magazine

Images by Andre Morin via Palais de Tokyo