Our journey begins with the extraordinary artist Spencer Jenkins from Birmingham, UK. Spencer is a sculptor, furniture designer and environmental artist who uses sustainable materials to create masterful, linear art forms with "functional intent". His diverse artworks are inspired by organic forms and found objects, constructed from greenwood, willow and steel. We are pleased to present you with just a few of his living willow projects.
Living willow is something Spencer creates on a 'grand' scale. He has been commissioned to build tunnels, domes, screens, arches and any number of structures for schools, communities and private clients throughout the UK.
In 2013 Spencer worked with the Burbage Infant School in Hinckley, UK building a series of tunnels and large dome to be used as an outdoor classroom. The dome spans 10 meters in diameter and now, after some training, it has reached a height of 3.5 meters. Take a peak inside one of the tunnels in this video>
The next series of photos show a remarkable 80 meter tunnel Spencer created by bending willow trees inwards to form an arched canopy. Walk thru the archway in this video>