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Keith Coventry's tree casts can be found growing out of the concrete pavements of many Western 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; they vividly recall trees that are no longer there, a lost function.

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 man-made and natural environments.

March 2004