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Hollow ring of bronze

Bronze is back, but sheer weight is mistaken for artistic significance

Giuseppe Penone’s gilded bronze cast of a tree at the Whitechapel

In June, clusters of gilded bronze leaves by Rachel Whiteread unfurled on the facade of the Whitechapel Gallery; now, as autumn approaches, a gilded bronze cast of a tree will be spreading its branches through the building’s interior. The idea behind this year’s site-specific Bloomberg Commission (from 5th September) by the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, is to highlight “hidden nature in the city” by bringing the outdoors in.

An artist who explores man’s relationship with nature, Penone began his career…

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