Tree is a lamp that exposes the inside of a tree. Moving the handle makes the light travel along the grain. Aike Heuvelink has dipped a sheet of veneer – which essentially is an ultra-thin slice of tree – into epoxy. A LED light at the back shines through the thin layer of wood, the wood reveals not only its secrets, but also adds a warm glow to the bright LED light. Heuvelink has used the two materials in new ways: the wood is so thin it has become fragile, the epoxy gives it strength once more. The piece of ‘board’ that is erected against a wall is an abstracted version of the tree it once was.
Man and Well-being