2009 - ongoing | media: landscape | location: Vendée, France | scale: 1 hectare
Oak Rooms works with the ecological dynamics of a woodland.
What was originally a field surrounded by hedgerows has been allowed to self-seed; a large proportion of the trees that arrived are ash trees. We are accompanying the growth of this young wood. We first established an improvised set of paths. Then started to create circular rooms around oak trees by thinning the ash around. These are extended as the oaks grow.
Gradually a set of rooms extend, and eventually join to form a labyrinth. They are separated by dense screens ash trees.
We are planning a second landscape gesture once this will have matured. We will cut geometrically shaped clearings to restart and accelerate the succession process. This will increase the resilience of the wood by increasing regeneration.