There is a compulsion in many artists to make trees, or at least their interpretations of them. Why is that, and what can it lead to?

I have been wondering if, by making art that’s inspired by a tree, an artist gets to sense, even if it’s only fleeting, something akin to what being a tree feels like. It certainly seems understandable – to want to experience that experience.

When I was asked by the Eden Project to design and make a sculpture that might double as a place to pause during the long haul up from the main arena to the visitor centre, my first thought was to look closely at the shapes ...


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