Art Villes Paysage
The brief called for the construction of an installation on one of the small islands making up L’Hortillonages on the River Somme, Amiens, France.
The project began through written responses to the site. These ideas developed through a series of visits, models and material studies. Computational design techniques were then used to develop a modular form of fabrication and construction of the installation.
To arrive at the island one travels by car, boat and on foot. A journey that gradually slows the passage of the visitor. The installation continues this process. Two thousand stacked timber blocks form a curved enclosure that gradually reduces light and narrows the passage. Slowing the visitor to a gentle stop overlooking a pool of water enclosed by a fallen willow tree.
A place to stop, sit and take in the view. Over time plants and wildlife have taken home in it’s walls. The wood has aged, weathered and split, a process that is exaggerated at the waters edge.