Socotra Tree

Socotra Tree. 2022. Printed Vinyl inflatable. 13' tall and 13' wide.

     This 13-foot-tall and 13-foot-wide inflatable tree is adorned with intricate Kurdish textile designs and Iraqi mosaics, adding a unique touch to the artwork. The tree is designed in the shape of the Socotra Tree of Yemen, providing a captivating visual of this ancient species.

      The artwork was installed at the Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga, Ontario, as part of the Festival of Trees from December 2nd to 12th, where it captivated audiences with its striking appearance and cultural significance. With Socotra Tree, Roda masterfully combines nature and culture to create an immersive and thought-provoking artwork.

       Roda also utilizes the medium of inflatables to play with the theme of childhood, play, and nostalgia that exists throughout his sculptures. The soft and playful nature of an inflatable combined with its massive stature and use of LEDs creates a unique and immersive experience.

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