Some works of art take a few looks to truly understand. Other works of art take a few looks to simply believe. The latter is the case for most pieces by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich, whose illusory installation projects are baffling even when they’re right in front of you. Take a former project of his, Bâtiment: a building drawn to scale right on the ground, allowing visitors to stage photos of themselves walking up its walls and dangling from its windows.
Bâtiment drew crowds to its location in the Cent Quatre cultural center of Paris. Given the former’s worldwide coverage, Erlich’s latest piece, a full-scale house hanging from the arm of an industrial crane in Karlsruhe, Germany, is sure to do the same. It is called Pulled by the Roots. You can probably see why.
Erlich told Dezeen that in designing the piece, he wanted it to “challenge the residents’ perception of the construction works as an ‘eyesore’ and to act as a reminder that ‘underneath the tons of metal and concrete of our cities, a vital organic presence remains.”
The house was designed as a row house in the style of Karlsruhe-born Friedrich Weinbrenner, a German master of Classical architecture. From the house’s foundations hang several roots, as though the entire foundation was literally pulled from the ground. It hangs, frozen in time, above the ongoing construction of a subway station.
Pulled From the Roots is the centerpiece of a larger exhibition of city planning and construction art at the Karlsruhe city center called ‘The City is the Star.” The primarily German website mentions a number of performances, installations, and exhibitions that will be displayed in tandem with Erlich’s creation, which will hang above a construction site in the city of Karlsruhe in Germany until September.