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Sculpture Tree Torso (Ger. Baumtorso)


Sculpture Tree Torso (Ger. Baumtorso)


The sculpture stands on a small stone pedestal on which it is mounted on another large, square stone block. On the latter the engravings are visible, protruding slightly above the front. The whole resembles a chair finished with carved ornaments.

“Covered with a web of roots or thorns, the torso appears to be firmly attached to the cuboid on which it is sitting. A wreath of cuneiform characters twists around the bottom of the cube-shaped stool - one of the first man-made means of lasting communication and a symbol of human culture. The stool in the geometric shape of a cube is intended to suggest a strong relationship between nature and culture and technological development. "

Quote from "City Walk" (Ger. Stadtspaziergang)

Historical background

The sculpture is a gift to the city of Guben on the occasion of the 1985 World Day of Peace and the 750th anniversary of Guben.

“This sculpture […] was created […] along with other sculptures during the 6th Sculpting Symposium, which takes place every two years in Hoyerswerda, under the supervision of academician Jurgen von Woyski. Artists from socialist countries - one woman and nine men - designed over 11 sculptures in the general theme of "Experimental Friendship"; all of them were approached very individually, addressing the most pressing issues of human life".

Quotes from "City Walk" (Ger. Stadtspaziergang).

Information about the artists

  • Born in Romania in 1947
  • Art activity in the field of chamber and open-air sculpture, participant of international sculpture workshops, master of large-format concrete sculptures.

Artwork review

"The sculpture shows a strong relationship between man and nature, which allows him to develop cultural creativity that founds a basis of his scientific activity".

Quote from "City Walk" (Ger. Stadtspaziergang)


City Park (Ger. Stadtpark), 03172 Guben, Germany

Year of creation/if applies changes

Date of creation: 1982-1983

Date of purchase / handover: 1985, Jürgen von Woyski

Investor/architect/creator etc.
Nicolae Septefrati
Object's condition
Good although partially covered with graffiti
Technical information

Height: about 1,5 m

Width: approx. 1 m

Material: sandstone