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Sea Anemones Collection by Pia Maria Raeders for Galerie BSL

Updated: Jan 19


From simple beech rods patiently sanded, cut, arranged and lacquered, Pia Maria Raeder designs refined functional sculptures which evoke biomorphic forms. Each work is unique and handmade. More than 400 hours of work and 16,000 beech rods were necessary to design the Sea Anemones – White’ installation, made of three side tables completed by two sculptures.

In her work on beech rods, Pia loves the challenge of overcoming the contradictions in the material as she plays with it. Natural beech rods are straight, but combined at different heights, these rods take on a new form resembling a wave with shadowy reflections. A wooden rod, that is rigid in itself, becomes soft and rounded once sanded. The application of lacquer on the rods arranged in large numbers transforms the wood and underlines its movements.

Emancipated from its limits, the wood is offered a newfound freedom. The breath of life seems to animate these intriguing sculptures in which function and poetry fuse. Their presence is like the echo of nature’s murmur while their organic and biomorphic waves sketch the movement of life.

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