"The Cities on the Trees", Park of Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, 2012
The project of Lucie Mičíková "The Cities on the Trees" consists of a wood and metal constructions on a tree, a sort of tree house – stage platform. The structure would get activated and brought to life through lectures and performances involving other students of the academy. The installation was accompanied by a beautiful “Model of construction on pizza box” and a series of drawings and collages “The Cities on the Trees”. The drawings and the model clearly stated her interest in an ephemeral, fragile and intangible reality, that she is able to create with much delicacy and lightness. The whole project was inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel “The Baron in the Trees”. The book tells the story of Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, a 12 years old boy who refuses to follow the rules of the 18th century double-faced society. To change his faith, he decides to climb up a tree and spend the rest of his life inhabiting an arboreal kingdom, creating his own rules.