We all need them. Cypress Roots and Pierre Leichner at Vines Art Festival

Vines Art Festival is an opportunity for artists and the community to tangle and grow together during a day of outdoor exploration. Roots have fascinated me since my childhood and are rich in metaphors. We all need roots. We have them within our body, with our family, community and spiritually with our planet and the cosmos. I work with plants using roots as the sculptural medium. My first projects were the Root Laboratory and Dr. Legumes, a plastic surgeon for vegetables whose daring surgeries can be seen on YouTube.

The roots of the plants become the sculptural forms, the means of expression. Most of my work has been with wheat grass but in this show for the first time cypress trees roots were utilized. After growing 5 years in their molds I opened them to discover their forms at the Vines festival. In this work nature imitates us at this time of great ecological concern.