As if being a sculptor isin’t challenging enough, UK-based artist Anna Gillespie works only with material that has fallen from trees: acorns, beechnut casings, leaves, bark, sycamore keys. Her latest piece entitled ”Taste the rain” is composed from the bark of a fallen tree near her home in the south west of England. The bark creation is a six-and-a-half foot tall human figure, looking up to the sky with its eyes closed and its mouth wide open, tasting the rain. It’s as if a windstorm hit the forest floor and the bark from the fallen tree got whipped up into a human figure!
Gillespie saiys, “This piece asks us to reconnect with this experience which we all share, narrowing the gap between the trees experience and our human experience of nature. This piece is also a celebration of scale, I have to look up to this piece and he has to look up to the trees. Even the tallest human can stand amongst trees and feel in awe of their magnificence.”
Currently, “Taste the Rain” is being shown at the Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall, England.