Giuseppe Penone’s hand is so powerful. His hand can squeeze trees. I’m telling you about his bronze sculpture of a hand, of course. This Italian artist attached it onto a tree in Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, in 1968, and it’s even more dramatic and eye catching even after the passage of many decades.

The “Continuerà a crescere tranne che in quel punto” (“It Will Continue to Grow Except at this Point”) was made according to a cast of the real hand and lower arm of the artist. Giuseppe fixed the hand onto a young trunk, and throughout these years the tree would have grown around the metal. Now, it appears like that hand is stretching the thick bark with fingers.

“I feel the forest breathing, and hear the slow, inexorable growth of the wood,” Penone jotted down in 1968. “I match my breathing to that of the green world around me, I feel the flow of the tree around my hand placed against the trunk.” Although it is unknown about the impact of bronze on the tree, the mixture of cold metal and organic wood looks perfect.

(h/t: juxtapoz)

Giuseppe Penone began his amazing project in 1968.

This bronze sculpture was made according to a cast of the real hand of the artist.

And he’s still holding the trunk for years!