Henrique Oliveira, “Carambóxido,” MOCA, Cleveland, 2012

It breaks out of the wall like a giant squash, this sculpture by Brazilian Henrique Oliveira at the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio. The outer shell of the piece he built up from scraps of wood found on the street, which he painted and applied to this organic growth.

It has an inside as well, composed of industrial debris found in the Flats and along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. It even smells like chemical residues and old insulation.


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