Mega Fossil

  1. copyright — Nicolai Howalt and Trine Søndergaard
  2. year — 2012
  3. edition — Edition of 5 + 2AP
  4. size — 140 x 100 cm / edition 5: 140 x 100 cm (paper edition)
  5. material — Silkscreen on wood / Paper edition

In this joint piece, Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt focus on the 1750 years old living mega-fossil Kongeegen — the King’s Oak.

The tree stands in the woods by Jægerspris north of Copenhagen and is somewhere between 1500 and 1800 years old. Large serigraph prints show parts and sections of the huge and ancient tree stretching skywards, while a small box on the wall holds a twig from the tree itself. Pulling the tree out of its historical and natural environment, the artists point to the shifting status of living materials as they become preserved historical objects in a museum.