Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

‘Hollow’ Lets You Explore a Cave Made From Earth’s Oldest Trees

After a childhood of stories feed an imaginative pattern of wonder about woodland fairies and their ilk potentially holding council or playing hide and go seek in the most rapturous constituents of the forest, a strange tinge of remorse was leftover for being unable you couldn’t shrink down and run through the halls and tunnels of trees. Well, now you can be swallowed whole by the stunning, stylish adult equivalent that is the art installation Hollow.

Designed by Katie Paterson over the course of three years, Hollow contains of more than 10,000 pieces of wood species found all around the world, dating back to eons before our humanly presence. The woodland cave dwells in Bristol, England, where children and adults alike slowly turn in awe and inspect the majestic walls and ceiling in the “microcosmos of all the world’s trees.”

Made alongside architects Zeller & Moye as a commission for the University of Bristol, Hollow welcomes guests in the historic Royal Fort Gardens.

Paterson developed the idea as an observation of time and nature, explaining, “Spanning millions of years, ‘Hollow’ is a miniature forest of all the world’s forests, telling the history of the planet through the immensity of tree specimens in microcosm. The sculpture brings together over 10,000 unique tree species, from petrified wood fossils of the earliest forests that emerged 390 million years ago to the most recent emergent species. The samples of wood span time and space and have been sourced from across the globe, from Yakushima, Japan to the White Mountains of California. From the oldest tree in the world to some of the youngest and near-extinct species, the tree samples contain within them stories of the planet’s history and evolution through time.”

See the curious case of a manmade tree cave below (thanks to the photos of Max McClure).

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

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Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

Hollow (wood), by Katie Paterson

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