Katie Paterson's cave-like installation is made from 10,000 tree species

Within the Royal Fort Garden at The University of Bristol, artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye have created a public artwork which reflects tree species’ history and evolution. The cave-like wooden structure, called Hollow, appears to be full of rectangular stalagmites and stalactites which encompass every space within the structure. 

A place for meditative reflection, Hollow resembles a miniature forest, an ethereal world where copper-coloured hues and patterns from various tree species reflect the colourful spectrum of tree bark. Patterson’s piece is constructed with over 10,000 unique tree species; from recently developed trees to ones that first developed over 300 million years ago. The research and construction process took Patterson 10 months to complete and she travelled around the globe, collecting thousands of tree samples.

Due to the course of time, trees have evolved to fit their environment. Trees adapt to their environment by alternating their core structures, leaf shape, and bark type to survive within their ever-changing environment. As visitors enter Paterson's installation and admire the wooden colours and textures surrounding them, Hollow reminds us of the importance of appreciating and maintaining our fragile forest-filled landscapes.

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​All image credits: Katie Paterson & James Cohan, New York. Photo by Max McClure 


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