In the summer of 2011, Joakim Kaminsky and Maria Poll, of Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, went into the deep forests of Medelpad in northern Sweden. With them they brought 15 meters of mirror coated fabric aiming to create an installation that would interpret the life cycle of this pine forest. More images and architects’ description after the break.
However eternal it may seem, this is not a natural forest. Like 90% of the forests in Sweden it is used for forestry, consequently being continuously grown and chopped down in a 60 year life cycle.
We wanted to connect these trees to time. We wanted the installation to visualize a memory of earlier generations of pine trees that have stood here and forecast the clear cut that will soon replace them. Perhaps the mirrors could absorb the light, colors and smells of this place and save them for the future?
Joakim and Maria stayed in the forest during a day and a night observing how the installation changed in dialogue with its surroundings; during midday, as the sun set, as a mist came in, during the dark night and as the sun rose. Then they left, leaving no trace.