A stack of ten rounded stone discs with inscriptions of the Latin names of trees. The edges were left rough and the surfaces were polished smooth. The inscribed tree species are: Larix laricana, Catanea sativa, Tillia cordata, Populus nigra italica, Cedrus atlantica, Fagus silvatica, Quercus ilex, Fraxinus ornus, Platanus orientalis and Tectona grandis. The latter is a teak tree, which can grow up to forty metres high. The sculpture was purchased at the exhibition ‘Beelden op de Berg’ in 1993. With the incorporation of both wood and stone, artist Marinus Boezem (1934- ) offers a subtle nod to the past (which brings us fossilised trees and animals) and the future (which can transform wood into a fossil). Similar discs of the same name can be found on Ecuplein square in the Osdorp district of Amsterdam. Larger slabs of wood can be found in Wageningen near the entrance to the Plant Protection Service on Geertjesweg. Tectona grandis can be found on the south side of the Impulse building.
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