The man-made mechanical forest, five years in the making, consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the trees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that provide lighting and assist with water flow in the conservatories below.
Trees give us everything. Oxygen! Paper! Fruit! And now… art?
See these vitrines? We imagine they’re what you’d get if you put Damien Hirst alone in the woods with a chainsaw.
In point of fact, they’re the work of young British-born artist Anthony James, who combines chopped birch trees from Minnesota, two-way mirrors, and fluorescents or LEDS to create gobstopping sculptures that look like infinite forests trapped in a light box.
James displayed three of the birch vitrines at Patrick Painter, Inc., in Santa Monica, Calif., recently, alongside a companion piece featuring a charred black Ferrari 355 Spider. The car was James’s prized possession, but then he went and set it ablaze and stuffed the carcass in a tank — for his art or something.