Tania Kovats is a British artist who mainly explores landscapes working in sculpture media. We were lucky enough to have one of her installations, “Log”, at my University a couple of months ago. Kovats is probably more well-known for the Darwin inspired canopy she created for the Natural History Museum in London called “Tree”. I visited just before Christmas and was greatly impressed with the outcome. The ceiling installation is made up from wafer-thin slices of a real oak tree. The whole of the tree is shown from the middle, roots and all. (See below) This was inspired by a Darwin drawing of a tree and created to celebrate Darwin’s bicentenary. Best viewed lying on the floor!
For more information and to watch an interesting video on the making of “Tree” visit – www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/galleries/green-zone/tree-gallery/tree-video-page/index.html