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Trees like Keith Coventry's casts can be found growing out of the concrete pavements of many shopping centres or public housing estates. They have become synonymous with the post-war urban landscape. The broken, stunted trunks are remnants of an act of vandalism; recalling trees that are no longer there.

By bringing these damaged fragments of public spaces into an art gallery, Coventry highlights the gap between the vision of a utopian ideal and the reality of urban experience, and between natural and the built environments.

February 2010