The Fallen sculpture series is designed to recreate beautiful new forms, as unique as the fallen trees they are made from. To me, it’s a metaphor for the constant internal battle we all face at some point in our lives. How to rebuild your life after it crashes down. How to keep moving with strength after devastation takes over. And how to see new beauty and purpose in what looks like a wasted end.
I use the “wooden waterfall” technique, to bend and intersect the wood. The result is a seamless flow of the woods grain, from one surface to another. This makes the tenacious material appear seemingly fluid and pliable. I want the viewer to question, like a magic trick, it’s how it was achieved. While the surfaces are planed and sanded silky smooth, the forms are left rough. I want the viewer to be very aware that they are looking at the inside of a tree, rather than the polished lumber we are so custom to seeing.
Paul Kruger was born in 1980 in New York City. He studied at the specialized fine art high school LaGuardia, The Arts students league and later earned his BFA at The School of Visual Arts. In 2012, he created the design company “Fallen Industry”. Today, Kruger creates sculptures made from fallen trees
1993 - 1997 Laguardia H.S for Art
1997 - 2001 SVA School of Visual Arts
1999 - 2003 Art Student’s League
2012 - Present - Owner, Designer Fallen Industry
2005 - 2014 - Art director / ACD Della Femina
2003 - 2005 - Designer - Hassenstein Design
2002 - 2003 - Intern/Junior Art director - Heitner Weiss
2014 - NY Daily News, Interview
2013 - NY1 News, Interview
2013 - NY Magazine, Article, Best Bets section
2013 - Crain’s New York, Interview
2013 - DNAinfo, Interview
2013 - Woodland Magazine, Article