Woong Soak Teng‘s series ‘Ways to Tie Trees‘ – featuring with an abstract elegance a diversity of approaches to the art of tree-tying in exploring the manipulation of nature by humans in an attempt to construct productive and aesthetic living environments for ourselves.
“There are many creative permutations in the field of tree-tying. This is a crucial component in beautifying our garden city. To prevent organic growth, trees are uprooted and erected in organised intervals as green verges along roads or in open spaces. To ensure that trees flourish in the right direction, man-made objects are used as reinforcement. To ensure that public spaces are safe and conducive, trees have to be stabilised through the process of tree staking. With such structures in place, we co-exist with Mother Nature harmoniously and enjoy the benefits that she brings to our body, heart and mind.”
A book published by Steidl is coming in November, 2017