Dead Wood Alive

New life by fallen trees

Dead wood fulfils an important role in a living ecosystem. The process of decay forms the fundaments of the forest food pyramide. This research is nourished by a site in the Netherlands with dead Picea Abis. The norm is to clearcut and replant a site. In this case a hands-on methode by the process of decay, a gradual revival and the possible role of human beings is studied. The research results in site specific knowledge about forest restoration and sculptural elements to boost depleted ecosystems elsewhere.

Date: September 2018 - ongoing
Project type: research and exhibition

The surrounding landscape

Beken Veluwe
Veluwse Bandijk

Left: Brooks sprouting at the edges of the Veluwe landscape
Middel: The Klarenbeek sprouting south from Apeldoorn and running towards the IJssel river
Right: In red the Veluwse bandijk. A small historical dike that runs right next to the pine forest test site. Here the IJssel river ones flowed, depositing loamy mud in the subsoil. At these spots the trees survived, because this soil type is able to store some water, in contrast to the sandy soil.

The forest

Wood and bark

Dead Wood Alive site

models from the forest

Design process

Traveling exhibition

Dead Wood Alive on tour. A traveling exhibition organised along with a discussion program. From March 2021 onwards.