MUSEION Bolzano/Bozen (IT)

Tobias Tavella

Time passes, time is restless.
Every single second unique, lived and perceived.

Ghosts awake or never slept.  
Were they always there but never seen?
We are temporary.
Never forget.
The flow of time.
A steady drip.

In the "thorn" mobile installation by Tobias Tavella in 2021, you'll discover a captivating blend of the wild and the man-made. On one side, you have branches from a wild lemon tree, covered in thorns and with a tough, hostile appearance. These branches illustrate the tenacity of nature, where even harsh conditions can foster growth, and they possess a natural defense mechanism that signals their resilience.

Complementing the thorned branches are brass tubes linked with strings, converting these branches into a slowly moving mobile. This mobile sways gently, influenced by the airflow in the room and the presence of passing viewers. It encourages reflection on the passage of time and the transient nature of our lives, just like the untamed and sometimes unforgiving wilderness. "Thorned Branches" offers a thought-provoking exploration of time's course and our place within it, prompting us to appreciate the beauty in both the enduring and the challenging aspects of existence..

Materials: yarn, wild lemon branches, brass tubes 

Foto credit:
Ignacio Merino