• DARWIN'S TREE OF LIFE IN A CEILING


TANIA KOVATS   TREE  2009 

Photo: Natural History Museum 

The following is from the NHM website: 

TREE is a 17-metre-long, wafer-thin section of an entire 200-year-old oak tree, including the roots, trunk and branches, inlaid into the gallery ceiling.

The artwork was inspired by Charles Darwin’s iconic tree of life drawing. This was the first sketch Darwin drew to try to explain his ideas of evolution and it was written in a notebook called ‘red transmutation notebook B’.

Tania Kovats' TREE was selected from 9 other shortlisted artists in the Darwin's Canopy project in 2008. The artwork was commissioned to celebrate Darwin's bicentenary in 2009.