Group Three - The Prosthetic Tree

Team - Bernadette Devilat, Gladys Ching, Atilla Ali Tasan, Kyveli Anastasiadi

Our project was sited along a narrow coastline on a bay located at south part of Kielder Lake. The site was chosen because of its geological interest that owns a private slender viewing relationship with the Lake's water tower, our yonder point. The geological condition also invited the changing wind coming into the bay with an invariable South-Easterly direction. The site was characterised by a chaotic landscape of exposed weathered tree roots, left after human harvest. We spotted this as a representation of natural life in the artificial landscape, which became our concept of our project, aiming to challenge the idea of parallelising a natural with an artificial landscape through simulating the flow and morphology as well as the kinesis of a growing tree.

Having the precise scanned measurements of the site, we were able to design and fabricate off-site within a warm sheltered workshop. We selected one of the tree roots as the focal point of our proposal. A series of transparent perspex rods joined by copper junctions, some of them interwoven, formed the core of the installation structure, withstanding the wind with distinctive twisted body gesture, gracefully sitting on top of the ruined tree root. The perspex rods were meticulously lit at night, prominently capturing the small movement of the installation that interacted with the wind. The key triangular component formed a family of smaller pieces, which were connected to the core with kinetic joints, responding to the unchanged wind direction, creating an effect of gradual disintegration into the 'rootscape'.

The design process complied precisely with the dimensions from the scan. The proposal, however, relied on unknown soil conditions. Consequently, we followed a more intuitive site-specific assembly, which led to an unexpected yet interesting result that intimately engaged with the site context.