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Once upon a time, I was a Forest Mirror


The artwork tell the story our forests, of the trees and ecosystem in which we live, synthesized and transformed into a currency of exchange [reference to the golden color].


The lake in the center can be interpreted as a mirror of our ego, that would sometimes do anything for a little… gold.


Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, the viewers are now confronted by themselves, questioning a long-held notion of transcending reality.


The artwork’s title, “Once Upon a Time I was a Forest,” alludes to the coal’s primordial past, evoking a time when lush forests dominated the earth. This narrative is poignantly reflected in the piece’s form and texture, which mimic the organic complexity of a forest ecosystem. The golden hue embedded within the work symbolizes the commodification of nature, transforming living ecosystems into valuable, yet finite, resources.

At the heart of the piece lies a lake-like mirror, which serves as a profound metaphor for human ego and our relentless pursuit of wealth. This reflective surface compels viewers to confront their own image, prompting introspection and a questioning of our collective values. The mirror does not just reflect an artistic creation; it reflects the viewer’s identity and their relationship with the environment, challenging long-held perceptions of reality and self-importance.

Locota’s “Once Upon a Time I was a Forest” is a powerful commentary on the intersection of natural history, human exploitation, and environmental consciousness. It encapsulates a story of transformation, both of the material and of our understanding of our place within the natural world. Through his masterful integration of art and design, Locota creates a piece that is as thought-provoking as it is beautiful, encouraging us to envision a future where the remnants of our past can be reimagined for a sustainable and harmonious existence


110 cm Diameter / H 20 cm

*Note: because each piece is 100% unique & hand made, dimensions may vary from 1 to 2 cm.

Limited edition

Once Upon a Time, I was a Forest: is limited to 35 editions.

Each piece is signed by the artist and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.


Coal, resin, hand polished brass, brass wire.



In the current context focused on excessive and unsustainable consumerism, the 21st Century welcomes us with a Darwinian transformation for both men and nature. Evolution which leads to the development of a synthetic man living in a synthetic nature. Heavy topics as regeneration and sustainable environment are thrown into the arms of the future generations, that have not been born yet.

Thus, the artist’s creations highlight the synthesis through alternative materials used, such as: synthetic marble (resin and marble dust), synthetic resin (Plexiglass), synthetic cement (Jesmonite), charcoal, wood, and so on. His works have a powerful conceptual plasticity but also physical plasticity, a concept that can be interpreted as modern works of the 21st Century.

His pieces are sold around the world, belonging to private collectors and royal families.