Ever think you’d mistake a rope for a living tree? You might in Mello + Landini’s ‘Ciclotrama’ installation. Created to look like trees or neuron networks, the Ciclotramas are made with long sections of unraveled rope carefully pinned to the walls of galleries. Brazilian artists Janiana Mello and Daniel Landini have created 17 sprawling Ciclotramas since 2010.
According to Mello + Landini, the Ciclotramas symbolize the passage of time. Each installation includes a length of rope laid on the ground, either in a pile or in a meandering line, and a portion raised off the ground and splintered into a pinned tree-like formation. The multi-strand cables are unraveled into very fine strands that are fastened onto nails.
Much like trees, there is variation in the Ciclotrama installations. The artists have constructed Ciclotramas in different sizes, colors, and patterns. Mello + Landini’s artworks are available for purchase on Artsy.
Images via Mello + Landini