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Tia-Thuy Nguyen: Flower of Life

Nov 18, 2023 — Jan 7, 2024 | Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade, France

Château La Coste is pleased to present a new addition to its Art & Architecture Walk, a captivating installation by Vietnamese artist Tia-Thuy Nguyen titled ‘Flower of Life’ (2023), alongside an exhibition from 18 November 2023 – January 2024. 

‘Flower of Life’ is an 18m-tall dead oak tree that Nguyen has reinvigorated and saved through the act of reconstruction, putting into practice the lessons she has learnt about fragility of existence, fostering an appreciation for the impermanence and mutability of life. An immediate connection formed when the artist first encountered the tree during a visit to Château La Coste in 2014. On discovering that it had died several years later, and unprepared for the loss, Nguyen felt compelled to conserve its spirit.  

The artist frequently draws inspiration from the Law of Conservation of Energy, which conceives that the total energy in the universe always remains constant, undergoing perpetual transformation. This theory finds resonance with Buddhist philosophies, which emphasise the interconnectedness of all things. 'Flower of Life' masterfully explores the confluence of science and spirituality as the tree's energy transcends its former state to be reborn as a unique and poignant work of art. 

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