MRZYK & MORICEAU
Lunar Tree takes the form of a pristine white dead tree, 12m (40 feet) tall. By day, it rises out of the river; at night, a halo of light emanates from each of the tree’s branches, which surges out against the black background. This piece for the cliffs of the Butte Sainte-Anne is their first autonomous sculpture.
Petra Mrzyk (b. 1973) and Jean-François Moriceau (b. 1974) have been working collaboratively since 1998. Known for their detailed black-and-white ink drawings, their work teeters on the absurd, humorous, and perverse. With an ironic nod to commercial illustration, comics, and graphic design, they pluck imagery from contemporary visual culture. In their work, anything becomes possible. Animals take on human traits; inanimate objects disturbingly come to life; and the surreal is the norm.
Work created as part of a public commission by the ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC des Pays de la Loire. With support from Eiffage Immobilier, Partner of Estuaire and the Service des Espaces Verts et de l’Environnement de la Ville de Nantes.