«Não há bem mais humano do que a palavra, de tal maneira que ela até compromete na inteligência do homem toda ou quase toda a sua existência. Ela ajuda a criar, e participa na história do homem. Daí que pô-la em jogo seja movimentar um universo.»
Ruy Belo, in Na Senda da Palavra
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson reminds us to never judge a book by its cover. Better known for his public installations and sculptural work, Eliasson’s book Your House brings architectural scale to a microscopic level. Out of 454 pristine pages, Eliasson laser-cuts the negative space of his Copenhagen home, each sheet serving as a paper-thin cross section that gives shape to tiny doors, stairways, and window frames.
Few humans ever see these amazing trees in real life. Their natural environments are hot, dry and hostile, yet the Baobab tree is one of the few plants that can exist and thrive under such harsh circumstances. To survive long periods of drought, their massive trunks can store as much as 26,000 gallons of water to keep the tree alive.
In some of the most arid and infertile regions of Africa, Madagascar, and Australia the Baobab tree grows to enormous size. These giants are one of the largest living things on the planet and have a potential lifespan of more than a thousand years (one is at least 1,250 years old). They are great friends to their human neighbors—providing an ever-renewing resource for textiles, netting, baskets and roofing. Their nutritious fruit has many medicinal properties.