Sculpting Trees

Landscape architecture of an estate in France. We design in dialogue with natures, with the ecosystem, using ecological principles. It is a process focussed mode of design linking abstract forms and figurative elements of an animistic nature. 

These processes are an improvisation with wood, forest, pollards, trees through performative gestures. The performance is as important as the visual result.

Sculpting Trees

2014 - ongoing  |  media: trees  |  location: Vendée, France  |  scale: up to 10 x 10m

 
  The Lovers

The Lovers

  The Kiss

The Kiss

 
 

Sculpting trees are trees that are, in part, sculpting themselves. They have seeded and grown without our involvement, until we chose them and act on them in lighter or stronger ways to reveal the shape that we see in them. As opposed to topiary that plants and shapes trees in order to achieve a pre determined form, the shape of Sculpting Trees is defined overtime in dialogue. 

The Lovers are an oak and an ash tree that have grown embraced and have started to graft on each other, like a kiss. In this case, we only have removed a few dying branches and thinned other trees around so that they can be seen and have space to grow.

Shiva feeding the Birds reveals the multiple arm of an ash that had been previously coppiced.

The resulting trees are simultanously looking natural and figurative. Their shape will continue evolving in a dialogue between our acts and the trees response. Overtime, they will gain the anthropomorphic, or animal, quality of pollarded trees. 

 
 
  Shiva Feeding the Birds

Shiva Feeding the Birds

 
 
 
 Arcimboldo,  The Winter

Arcimboldo, The Winter

 
 Arcimboldo,  The Four Seasons in one Head

Arcimboldo, The Four Seasons in one Head

 
 
  The Family

The Family

 
 
  Dancing Tree  being pollarded

Dancing Tree being pollarded

 
 
 

Project team

 

Photographer: Eric Guibert

 

Drawings: Eric Guibert