the making of angelo musco’s human body photographic collages
‘xylem’ is taken from the classical greek word for wood. the xylem tissue is recognized as that which transports nutrients and water beginning from the soil into the roots to the trunk and leaves of every tree. the project is built from millions of human bodies, representative of the energetic connection between nature and humanity. the piece appears to be a levitating forest, the roots and branches equally exposed and constructed from million nude bodies.
the production of the large-scale image began in june of 2010 and was completed the following year after three photo shoots and hundreds of models who were photographed in three separate locations in the artist’s NYC base. after capturing photos of the group of bare bodies in various formations, musco compiled the images, digitally editing over 1 million bodies in order to form the intricate forest scene.
explanation of the artist’s general process by musco