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Incredible Man-Made Tunnels Formed with Wires & Repurposed Wood

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira's incredible installation titled Transarquitetnica invites you to go on a fantastical journey through a cavernous interior. The recently-completed work is his largest to date, and he has successfully created a fully-immersive environment inside of a large, root-like system. Upon entering, you can follow multiple paths that lead you throughout the sculpture while you're completely surrounded by repurposed wood pieces that are tacked together and resemble bark on a tree.

To construct Transarquitetnica, Oliveira first built a skeleton framework and secured the joints with zip ties. Tapumes, which is flimsy wood used in siding, was then layered and applied as the “skin” for the interior and exterior of the work. This makes for an engaging and surreal viewer experience that looks amazing from the outside as branches twist around themselves in addition to the beams that are located inside of the gallery.

This colossal sculpture will be on view at Museu de Arte Contempornea da Universidade in So Paulo through the end of November this year. So, if you have the opportunity, take a trip through the winding tunnels.

Henrique Oliveira website
via [Colossal]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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