Michael Hansmeyer
 
 
 

Inhotim Monolith

Where does nature end and the artifical begin?

As visitors wanders through the lush nautre of Inhotim. they face an unexpected encounter: a marble monolith, several meters high, firmly planted amidst the flora.

Something is amiss. The monolith appears neither to be part of the environment, nor to be detached from it.

The massive marble slab is neither in its natural state, nor is it not sculpted into refined intricate artefact. Rather its propoerties resemble those of an altogther different stone. Its layering, its porosity, even the simulated granularity mirror those of sedimentary limestone before its metamorphosis to marble. The natural meteamorphosis is reversed to a produce an uncanny artefact: a second nature.