Axel Erlandson, Arborsculptor

Axel Erlandson, Arborsculptor

Annie Werbler
Apr 27, 2010

Seeing as how we're starting to enjoy the outdoors again, inspiration is coming in from all over on how to beautify our exterior spaces. Though most of us apartment dwellers don't have the ability to plant trees, let alone sculpt them, it's amazing to see how a patient and creative artist manipulated plant life into undulating forms.

Erlandson created his arborsculptures, or tree sculptures, in California where he opened his Tree Circus theme park in 1947. He began experimenting twenty years earlier with pruning and grafting to modify the natural growth of shrubs. Eventually, Erlandson learned how to design a particular pattern and then plant trees that would grow into the desired form, coaxed along with his special attention.

A selection of the trees still remain at Gilroy Gardens in California, where they were transplanted in 1985. These remain some of the most intriguing living sculptures in the world today.

Via: staro-novo

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