Giampaolo Osele – 2014
Giampaolo Osele plays with nature, rediscovers it and puts it back together with delicate essentialism. The curious little face of a hedgehog thus peeps from a large tree trunk. Popping out of one of the many hidden lairs in the pine forest, this charming little animal pauses along the path to tell anyone passing of the secret habits of its companions, who join it only at evening to set out and hunt for the many insects that damage human crops, and even for mice and snakes.
Modelled in a stylised manner out of larch, hazelwood and laburnum, this shy, gentle and useful animal presents us with that simple, guileless, fresh and uninhibited side of nature that acts as a regenerating energy, a resource and an inspiration.