Hayward Gallery
WATERLOO BILLBOARD COMMISSION

Thiago Rocha Pitta

FEB – JUN 2020

Thiago Rocha Pitta’s sculptures, films, drawings and photographs are made in ‘partnership’ with elements of the natural world: the sea, the sky, soil, sand. 

This image – displayed on the side of Queen Elizabeth Hall, overlooking Waterloo Bridge – is a still from a film that the artist made in honour of his father, who passed away a few months before the film was made. 

Surrounded on all sides by salt water, the trees appear both vulnerable and resilient, setting out into the unknown. 

Rocha Pitta envisaged the work as a kind of offering, or sacrifice. After the filming, the artist buried the boat and planted both trees in Petropolis, Brazil, where he runs an educational facility (The Abyss Foundation) that combines art with ecology. 

Heritage is the latest in a series of large-scale commissions by international artists, occupying the prominent billboard site next to Hayward Gallery.

Thiago Rocha Pitta (b. 1980, Tiradentes, Brazil) lives and works in Petropólis, Brazil. 

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