Auke de Vries: Living in Trees

Watchtower, 2000. Photo Jonty Wilde Image 1 of 3
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Watchtower, 2000. Photo Jonty Wilde Image 2 of 3
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Pavilion Gallery exhibition, 2000. Photo Jonty Wilde Image 3 of 3
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11.11.00 - 18.02.01
Pavilion and Bothy Galleries
Living in Trees, the first major exhibition in this country by important Dutch artist Auke de Vries, was presented by the YSP in 2001. The exhibition took place in the Pavilion Gallery with a number of sculptures also sited in the open air.

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Over the previous 3 years, Auke de Vries had visited YSP on several occasions to study the landscape and make drawings of trees. Some of the Park's trees had inspired the creation of many of the sculptures in this exhibition, including Watchtower, which stood eleven metres high. Sculptures were densely placed in the Pavilion Gallery to explore the idea of creating a sculptural forest in an indoor space; itself situated within a garden and wooded landscape. Sketches were also displayed which documented Auke de Vries’ working processes at YSP.

Auke de Vries, one of Holland’s most prominent sculptors, established an international reputation through exhibition and numerous public commissions. He had also acted as an advisor on the reconstruction of the city of Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, and was the Professor of Fine Art at both the Royal Academy of Visual Arts, The Hague and at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam.

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