pixels Artist Peter Cook, grew this living garden chair using tree shaping methods, primarily training a living tree through constricting the direction of branch growth. The chair took about eight years to grow.
Axel Erlandson was an American ‘arborsculptor’ who planted trees in specified patterns and pruned, bent and grafted them into shapes not seen in nature. He opened a horticultural attraction in 1947 near Santa Cruz, California named “The Tree Circus”
Erlandson’s formal education ended at the fourth grade. A self-taught surveyor, civil engineer, musician, nurseryman and horticulturalist, Axel developed a hobby and an obsession with guiding the growth of living trees with great precision.