Sculptural artist Spencer Byles spent a year creating beautiful sculptures out of natural and found materials throughout the unmanaged forests of La Colle Sur Loup (where he lived with his family), Villeneuve Loubet and Mougins. He worked together with elements of his natural surroundings to create artwork that blends seamlessly with the environment.
"I work with greenwood, specifically willow to create large woven sculpture to commission.
I've always loved vessels so it seemed natural to progress from throwing pots (an early creative endeavour) to building baskets...
I was first introduced to willow on a weekend course when my imagination was captured by the endless possibilities of this truly amazing plant. Willow is the perfect example of a sustainable material, which can be woven into forms with such spontaneity."
Artist Nikolay Polissky was born in Moscow in 1957. He creates large, handcrafted structures in the middle of Russia's vast landscapes, mostly around the town of Nikola Lenivets (200 km from Moscow). His works are built entirely by the area's residents, using local materials, such as branches, trunks and wooden tables. Traditional construction techniques are used as a starting point for the projects.
His work is inspiring not only because of its imposing form, but also because he managed to re-activate a semi-abandoned village through art and architecture, involving residents in the creative process and transforming the region into a sort of open cultural center. Since 2003, his work has been part of Archstoyanie, the largest Land-Art festival in Russia. (From Arch Daily).