Nuno Vicente shows four polaroid pictures with one tree on each. The trees have each one sculpture at its base looking like a random rock made with rests of birds.

Dead birds turned to stone.

Dead birds mixed with cement left by trees.
Variable dimensions.

Nuno Vicente infuses the poetic with the practical, often creating objects to contain the impossible: memories, existence, movement, time. Death and the return to earth is a thread that runs throughout his work. In Dead Bird (2011), he found a dead bird on a path in a forest and cremated it on the spot. He then mixed the ashes in poured concrete to form a stone and return the bird to the place of its death. The stone sits as an attempt to capture the ephemeral, preserving the bird from decay and turning it into a marker or temporary shrine. By using the form of a stone and returning it to the earth, Vicente completes a sort of circle-of-life. Over time it will be reabsorbed by and integrated into the surrounding natural world. With only the woods as witness to Vicente’s gift of return, the piece becomes a silent performance where artwork, artist and action intertwine.

Text by Lauren K Reid, 2011.