michael sailstorfer
Raketenbaum - 2008

diptych: diasec on aluminium, museum glass
200 x 150 cm / 78 3/4 x 59 in
210 x 160 cm / 82 3/4 x 63 in

For "Raketenbaum" a free-standing fruit tree was prepared in a way that it would be catapulted into the air by compressed-air cylinders attached to its root balls. Using a big format camera, two photographs of the performance were taken; one depicting the tree standing, one showing the tree during flight. The artist strips the object from its usual surroundings, creating new contexts of meaning. In this way, the bulleted tree inspired on the landscape of his homeland, is additionally charged with images and fantasy.