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The Tree Museum

The Tree Museum by Enzo Enea

The Tree Museum by Enzo Enea

While I’m posting about the value of trees, here is someone who really values his trees. Swiss landscape architect and tree collector Enzo Enea has created what he calls a tree museum for his collection. Explains Enea:

“This is a collection of trees I’ve gathered over a span of about 20 years. They come from construction sites; they would have been cut down to make way for new buildings. I needed to build a space to display them all and I wanted the trees to be seen as objects, so I set them off against sandstone.”

Inhabitat has details of the museum, World Landscape Architect has a video interview, and Arch Daily has photos of many of the trees. It reminds me of the work of Myoung Ho Lee, who makes photos of trees with a giant canvas hanging behind them. Lee’s work showed up on various blogs last year, including DryStoneGarden; the tree museum seems to be getting a similar, well-deserved run. Some of the trees are very cool, including one that is full of staples from decades of serving as the town bulletin board.

I really like the combination of the walls and stone, and if I lived just a little closer to Zurich, I’d go check it out. There are few things in the world better than a tree with a backdrop that showcases its character.

The Tree Museum by Enzo Enea

The Tree Museum by Enzo Enea


7 Responses to “The Tree Museum”

  1. July 11th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Town Mouse says:

    Very cool! I was worried you were referring to the Carly Simon song when I read “tree museum”, but this is a completely different thing altogether!

  2. July 11th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    ryan says:

    Not to brag, but I didn’t even know there was a Carly Simon song. I’m guessing it’s not something that I should add to enrich the post.

  3. July 11th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Stone Art Blog says:

    Thats fantastic, wath a great idea!

  4. July 12th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    keewee says:

    A tree museum is a great idea.

  5. July 12th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Megan says:

    I love it!

  6. July 13th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    It really is a museum with the neutral backdrops so that you can contemplate each specimen–a really neat culture/nature hybrid.

  7. July 14th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Denise says:

    What a perfect idea for a collection of what would otherwise be derelict, discarded trees. We’ve been fooling around with backdrops and garden photography. Makes for some stunning photographs.

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