Like his other stainless-steel sculptures installed throughout the world, Roxy Paine refers to his sculpture Ferment as a Dendroid. The term derives from "dendrite," which means branching—not just the branching of trees, but also river deltas, vascular systems and neural networks.
Fermentation involves the breaking down of one thing and the creation of another in a dynamic process of transformation. Ferment came into being through a conceptual and mechanical process of breaking down and reconfiguring amid great mental and physical turbulence. It arrived in pieces and was transformed into a magnificent work of art in the Kansas City Sculpture Park.
Roxy Paine
American (b. 1966)

Drawing for Ferment, 2009
India ink on paper

Purchase: acquired in honor of Martin Friedman and his critical role in the development of the Kansas City Sculpture Park through a gift from the Hall Family Foundation, 2010.54. Copyright the artist. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

Siting Ferment, March 14, 2010. From left: Martin Friedman, James Cohan, Roxy Paine. Courtesy of Shirley Harryman.

Roxy Paine
American (b. 1966)

Model for Ferment, 2010
Stainless steel

Copyright the artist. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

Roxy Paine
American (b. 1966)

Model for Ferment, 2010
Photoshopped image for Ferment installation.