Protoplasting Nature: Encoded Symbols 04

Standing light sculpture made of real leaves, steel and zinc.

In Protoplasting Nature, Rusak combines metal and exotic leaves to make opposing processes — life and death, renewal and decay — evident. A load-bearing structure, formed by hand using welded steel, evokes organic shapes and ornate 17th-century furnishings. In place of a lampshade, Rusak attaches real leaves from the exotic plant Thaumatococcus Daniellii, a rhizomatic herb widely cultivated in central Africa for its exceptionally sweet fruit and useful leaves. The entire sculpture is then coated in zinc using thermo coating process, thus permanently encasing the leaves within a thin metal shell.

Available through Carwan gallery.


67 (H) x 44 (W) x 50 (D) cm

27 (H) x 17 (W) x 20 (D) inches

12 kg (approximately)

26.5 lbs (approximately)


Zinc coated real leaves and steel wire structure. Light components

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