Nomad Studio creates a tiny sculptural forest consisting of more than 1,200 Japanese Kokedama nested within its inverted dome. This was a temporary installation within the Design District at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show 2021, and the project received three awards for its ingenuity. The forest reflects upon the unseen significance of the inhabitants within the soil and their connection with greenery. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) brings here more information about the project:
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Kokedama Forest is a 1,000 square feet small sculptural forest containing 1,200 forestry seedling kokedamas nested within an inverted dome carved out from a delicate and complex metal grid.
Kokedama forest will also be a part of the collection at Northpark Center in Dallas, Texas. Pinelands nursery provided the seedlings for this project.
Woven Steel Framework
Extruded from a 30'x 30'square, hundreds of seedlings showcase the warm relation with soil supported by a 7.5 feet 3-D metal structure.
The assembly is interlaced with steel encouraging the contradictory yet alluring blend of delicacy and strength embedded in all living networks.
The Timber Forge Woodworks are responsible for the fabrication of the metal structure.
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Kazumi Garden, a family business, helped the design team handcraft the 1,200 Kokedamas, part of this miniature forest.
"Kazumi's respect and craftsmanship, as well as their commitment with beauty, demonstrated both in their daily work and with the installation, make Kazumi's family an indispensable part of Kokedama Forest, without which it would not be possible", in the words of Nomad.
The design team at Nomad Studio said that the soil is one of the critical habitats that is often undervalued despite being crucial.
This sculptural Kokedama forest is an icon of the bond between plants and soil. It is a poetic materialization of the intimate relationship between plants and soil, a stimulating fusion of nature and art.
Architecture Firm: Nomad Studio
Area: 990 ft²
Photographs: Nomad Studio
Landscape Architects: Nomad Studio
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