Lighting Strikes Houston in a Permanent, Bronze Sort of Way

by Christina Rees September 2, 2014

unnamedYesterday, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston announced that it has installed on its South Lawn a new acquisition, Albero folgorato (Lightning Tree), by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone. The installation of the two-ton, 36-feet-high piece was the culmination of a long process, according to MFAH: “The journey to Houston began in Italy two years ago, where Penone first conceived and then cast the sculpture in bronze from a lightning-struck oak, which he had shipped to his studio, gilding its core to capture the power and drama of a bolt from the heavens.”

For more on this story, including more about the making of the work itself and some interesting details and photos of what exactly a big installation like this entails, please go here.


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