Adam Birch

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25.04.2018 - 11.07.2018
Cape Town
The pieces in  Bifurcation  have all been carved from the part of the tree that carpenters usually discard: the fork.

Bifurcation is the first solo presentation of functional timber sculptures by Adam Birch, whose work has become highly sought after at international design fairs and auctions.

Adam grew up on a farm in the Cape Winelands, where his love of trees began as a child, playing in the forests. He completed a Fine Art degree in 2000, majoring in Applied Graphics, but always dreamed of becoming a full-time sculptor. Shortly thereafter he became a tree surgeon, and began to work in his spare time with pieces from the dead trees he was cutting down, transforming them into innovative sculpted furniture. A passionate environmentalist, Adam cuts down only alien tree species and uses indigenous wood from trees that have already fallen.

The pieces in Bifurcation have all been carved from the part of the tree that carpenters usually discard: the fork. At this junction – where the trunk bifurcates into two branches – the wood grain becomes twisted and dense, making it difficult to cut. But in the anatomy of a tree the fork is a key point determining its stability. The natural shape of each piece informs the sculptural approach, and although the end result is refined and sophisticated, the essence of the individual tree is still present.

Adam Birch
Capybara

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
150 x 90 x 160 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Capybara

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
150 x 90 x 160 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Curl

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 45 x 70 cm
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Adam Birch
Curl

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 45 x 70 cm
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Adam Birch
Griffin

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
120 x 70 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Griffin

Eucalyptus Corymbia Ficifolia (Flowering Gum)
120 x 70 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Grootvoet

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
190 x 65 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Grootvoet

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
190 x 65 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Okapi

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
170 x 60 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Okapi

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum)
170 x 60 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner I

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
90 x 40 x 95 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner I

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
90 x 40 x 95 cm
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Platypus Recliner II

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
100 x 35 x 85 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Platypus Recliner II

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
100 x 35 x 85 cm
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Adam Birch
Swift

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
140 x 50 x 170 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Swift

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
140 x 50 x 170 cm
Unique

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Adam Birch
Swoop

Pinus Pinaster (Maritime Pine)
150 x 50 x 205 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Swoop

Pinus Pinaster (Maritime Pine)
150 x 50 x 205 cm
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Voodoo

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 100 x 155 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Voodoo

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 100 x 155 cm
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Marrow

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 55 85 cm
Unique

Adam Birch
Marrow

Eucalyptus Cladocalix (White Gum), stained
120 x 55 85 cm
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