The hidden archaeological remains of the first medieval city wall inspired Henrique Oliveira's installation. The wooden branches of Banisteria Caapi (Desnatureza 4) crawl over the stone edge to the water. It seems as if nature has free rein behind the walled gardens, but his installation is misleading. The branches are artificial and mimic nature in a masterful way. The artist subtly plays with what we see in the city every day and what lies behind that reality. And how our lives can be determined, or guided, by things that are unconsciously present in our environment.
Henrique Oliveira (b. 1973, São Paulo, BR) began his artistic career as a painter, but today he is mainly known for his monumental in-situ installations. His wall-hung or free-standing sculptures and environments are always made of waste materials recovered from Brazilian construction sites.