After writing about Angelo Musco's surreal mosaics made from thousands of human bodies, the artist reached out to us to say thanks and to tell us about an exciting new work he's debuting at Pulse Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach. Called Xylem, it's an image of a densely packed forest that's reaching deep into the earth. The word “xylem” means “wood” in classical Greek.
To Musco, the tree symbolizes many things including fertility, security, interconnection and historical roots or ancestry. Of course, the most amazing part about this piece is that it's composed of over 5 million bodies (or hundreds of models whose bodies were digitally replicated over and over again). In Musco's Xylem, each body is interwoven with each other until it creates a magnificent forest of trees.
Watch the video, below, to learn more and to see how it was made. (If you're strapped for time, watch from 3:26-3:53).