Forbidden Tree, 2016
carbon fibre and epoxy, industrial urethane, stainless steel and precision bearings
4,300 (extending to 5,300) x 3,700 (diameter) mm
Forbidden tree is like no tree in the natural world, it moves with the wind, creates shade, but drops no leaves. The forms are smooth and sensual, the colour is strident, unchanging with the seasons, a shrieking shock of pigment against nature. It needs no water, but is alive with movement.
Its tree shape is born of science and engineering, a mechanised form that steals from the wind to move its artificial branches against the sky.
Pluck the fruit from the forbidden tree in a future world where plants and animals have been replaced. The tree speaks of what awaits us in a distant but ever visible future.
– Phil Price