Outdoor Living Room

Central Library

The Celestial Heroes Banquet, as shown here at BPL’s Outdoor Living Room, are furniture concepts for public park-like settings. As concepts created for Celestial Heroes, the installation invites viewers to rest, spread a banquet of their own and celebrate community.

Spillmann imagines Celestial Heroes as forces or powers which help us keep our surroundings and time/space in balance.

The objects on display are of various dimensions and from a variety of tree species. They’re treated by fire scorching, using the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Suji Ban, with wood sealers and/or clear varnishes or are intentionally left exposed to the decaying elements of nature. Most of the trees used in this project grew in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, one of New York City’s oldest Cemeteries. The tree logs became available through the natural and necessary curating process. All wood used on this project has been saved from rotting in landfills or destruction by woodchippers.

About the Artist

Headshot of artist Heinrich Spillmann (c) Gregg RichardsHeinrich Spillmann lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied art at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel Switzerland and at Cooper Union in New York City. His work has been exhibited in Europe and the U.S.   




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