It is now customary to meet trees deprived of natural ramifications, stylized monuments to our deformed idea of nature, irreversibly violated in its sacredness.
This practice is called topping.
Topping involves structural and existential damage to the tree. The tree can no longer be a tree, it becomes a stump. An unstable stump, because its balance has been severely compromised. Sooner or later, but long before it would have happened in a life without a saw, that tree will fall. There are countless situations in which trees are pollarded, mainly by garden owners. Privileged owners of gardens convinced that pruning trees means preventing them from producing fruit, making leaves, dirtying Palladian trees. But it's not just private individuals, public administrations around the world have discovered that topping trees reduces the maintenance costs of public green spaces. The more you cut today, the less you will cut tomorrow.
All this seasoned with erroneous beliefs born of pure optical illusion: the tree reacts to torture with an attack of vitality and in the first spring it will explode in a large hat of leaves. But it is pure illusion, because the tree will grow weaker and weaker. And with each new human intervention it will be increasingly difficult for him to survive.
Sacred Bones is the second phase of the research initially focused on "Private Gardens": like an x-ray plate, the black and white of the negative serves to isolate the tree from the context, without aesthetic trappings, without lyrical interpretations, so that only the fractured bone remains.