Living sculpture – aeroponics

Alex Erlandson

Krubsack Chair

Arborsculpture : The art and technique of growing and shaping trunks of living trees and other woody plants. By grafting, bending and pruning the woody trunks and or branches are grown into shapes either ornamental. Also known as Pooktre, tree training, and tree shaping.

The most famous of tree sculptors was Alex Erlandson who created over 55 shaped trees that eventually became the basis for his tree circus garden, opened in 1947 as a road side attraction near Santa Cruz, California with the sign, “SEE THE WORLD’S STRANGEST TREES HERE”.

Historically the  ancient War-Khasi people of the Cherrapunjee region in India have been aeroponically creating living root bridges for centuries.

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About Suzette Sayer

As part of my role as heritage consultant I am constantly on the look out for iconic forms of design and architecture. My current project is a grass roots initiative to create a Mobile Museum that captures the stories of the Gold Coast through community interactions in temporary pop-up exhibitions. The project aims to be facilitated through the Hip! (Heritage in Paradise) Mobile, a vintage style tear drop caravan equipped with a recording studio, and room for exhibition materials. So join us on this journey of discovery and help us uncover HIP! Suzette Sayer

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