idee di pietra
Giuseppe Penone, documenta 13, 2012
Idee di Pietra (Ideas of Stone) is a nine metre-high bronze sculpture that represents a leafless tree whose twigs have been cut off and whose branches seem to have got entangled with a granite boulder. Guiseppe Penone was the first artist to be announced by the curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev as a participant of dOCUMENTA (13) from 9th June to 16th September 2012. He created the bronze sculpture in 2008 for the Biennale of Sydney in 2008 and brought it from its original site there to Kassel for dOCUMENTA(13).
The tree was installed in June 2010 on the edge of the Karlsaue in Kassel, as the first work of art of the international art exhibition, and has been known simply as the "Perone Tree" by the population from then on.
Secured for Kassel by the commitment of the citizens: The work of art captured the hearts of the people of Kassel early on and was one of the most popular exhibits of dOCUMENTA (13). This led to the desire to secure the "Penone Tree" for Kassel permanently.
As the work of art could not be purchased from the available funds, a fund-raising campaign was initiated. Within a few weeks, the sum necessary for purchasing the Penone tree came together. Many people and a number of companies - more than 600 donors in total - contributed to securing the continued presence of the bronze tree in Kassel.
The Penone Tree is located at the edge of the Karlsaue, one of the most attractive urban parks in Germany, in the site selected by the artist himself.