Willa “Oksza”, Zakopane, Poland, designed in 1894 [x].
Photographs: Jarek Możdżyński for Tatra Museum.
The Paradox of Nature Preservation | Ilkka Halso | Socks Studio
Ilkka Halso is a Finnish artist who investigates the relationships between architecture, technology and nature, through photo-realistic renderings and collages set in natural environments. In “Tree Works”, light structures are built around existing trees with the aim of protecting them and, at the same time, of turning them into a sort of “living museum” of nature explorable by a public. Nature is somehow commodified and transformed into a spectacle to admire from very close. The architectural language is that of the scaffolding, transitional structures used to build a construction or to refurbish it: the act of connecting metal poles to natural environments engages a surreal discourse based on man’s paradoxical attempt to preserve what he’s currently destroying.
… But every land should be a holy land. One should find the symbol in the landscape itself of the energies of life there. That’s what all early traditions do. They sanctify their own landscape.
, from one of the interviews in The Power of Myth
FEATURED ARTIST: Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
The Global Tree Project explores a poetic reunion with nature, making visible bonds and similarities between plant life and humanity, emphasizing ecological wisdom and the interconnectedness of all life. They illuminate our mutual destiny and the precarious beauty of this relationship. A monograph Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Global Tree Projectwas published by DAMIANI, fall 2012, and documents 11 projects realized in a ruined folly on a cliff overlooking the Celtic Sea, an 8th century Kiyomizu Temple Sutra Hall, a garden in New Delhi, the Mongolian Gobi Desert, and abandoned architectural landmarks in the American Midwest.
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto,Global Tree project: Twinned Constellation, 2010. Gold leaf on naturally formed concave granite, Gobi desert. Photo credit: Do Jae-Hong. Courtesy the artist and MONGOLIA 360°, International Land Art Biennial.
Photo of Isamu Noguchi, July 1967
The Noguchi Museum Archive
Sap spile (spout), hand-carved from unfinished wood, used in maple sugaring in Clinton County, NY, 1900-30
march with your false springs
damaging winds and our wings
sodden soils and souls
march as fickle as the mad
relegate you to
the limbus of the moon
with our thoughts of spring
the march hare yearns to rut
march coaxing plants to surface
some cut down
oh brave frontline pawns
crocus and red maple buds
initial beacons of hope
godspeed and thank you
the windows will open
breathe breathe the vernal air