Thomas Demand Clearing 2003 Chromogenic color print, 192 x 495 cm
Clearing is Demand’s largest work so far. The original model was constructed in the huge former warehouse that serves as his Berlin studio. The model was, quite literally, a handmade forest, embedded in a steel frame that measured approximately 50 feet long, 18 feet high and 32 feet deep. The 270,000 paper leaves were die-cut in 80 different shapes, then glued one by one to cardboard trees and bushes. Demand usually builds his own models; with Clearing he had help from thirty assistants. For Demand, it was not the size of the work that made it so daunting. He first showed Clearing in Venice, in a park where the popular Biennale art show is held. Demand based his work on a specific locale in that park then exhibited it nearby.