The Big dining table Lines under the forest is a part of the series LINES UNDER THE FOREST - a result of the Brazilian Artist-in-Residence program by Hillsideout. It is inspired by the gigantic hieroglyphics of geometric forms found in the Amazonian forest. The hieroglyphics are huge drawings in the ground made of low walls of stone and are mostly very simple forms of square or circular shapes. At least 450 of these enormous figures were discovered in the Seventies in the heart of the Amazonian forest due to the deforestation. Scientific evidence has shown that these earthwork complex were made by the Pre-Columbian peoples between 1000 and 3000 years ago by repetitive setting on fire.
We represent the geoglyphics from Northern Brazil on the table top through the inlay work by using certified woods which come from the Amazonian forest: Roxinha and Muiracatiara. The streets which were built in recent years covering or partly destroying the geoglyphs are represented by using inserts of Plexiglass.
The table legs in the form of a pyramid symbolise a strong unification of woods coming from different origins which are an important part of Brazil's history: Africa, Europe and South-America. The table legs in a neoclassical form, show the unification in a different way. Incomplete. A so-called work in progress.
In summary, the table harmonises very different construction styles from the neoclassical to the contemporary to the rudimentary and celebrates the beauty and difference of each single wood. By using only wax and natural oil, each piece of wood is left in it's natural state.
The big dining table show the geoglyphs in Rio Branco in the Brazilian state Acre and in Cruzeirinho close to Boca do Acre in the state of Amazonas in Northern Brazil.
Hillsideout [antique art design] is a joint project by Andrea Zambelli and Nat Wilms which came to life in 2009 out of a mutual concern and discomfort for the degradation of abandoned sites in the Italian Apennines. Hillsideout expresses the need to transform the state of uselessness but also forgotten stories into practical functionality.View designer’s page
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