Pando, 2008

Trembling aspen, muslin.

Photo Credits: Gareth Lichty

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Pando consists of two large-scale sculptural works made up with over 400 metres of trembling aspen trees cut from a farm fencerow in rural Grey County, Ontario, Canada. Both sculptures refer to Pando (Latin for “I spread”), a large network of trembling aspen trees in Utah that spans 43 hectares and is considered one of the world's largest organisms.

Clearing a Fencerow takes the displaced material from annual farm maintenance and transforms it into two new structures that re-assert its mass. Trees like trembling aspen grow in networks—called clonal colonies—by sending up new shoots to replace old ones, making them formidable survivors. Pando's grid works in a similar manner, allowing portions to be removed without threatening the grid as a whole.