Surprise - Platform
During the Park Poétik summer of 2021, art collective KNEPH created a living installation in Forest Park. Platform Poétik 2.0/Gryoo worked around five different trees. Like a fungus, the installation expanded into a poetic forest and depicted contemporary issues in an artistic way.
We arrived at the last tree: the old chestnut.
This tree is suffering from root rot and is unfortunately dying because of it. For this reason, there have been fences around it for a while now, to protect walkers. Park Poétik, KNEPH & Commune de Forest want to give new life to a giant that is a historical witness and risks to disappear. That is why we are excited to work with artist Charles Djeumou.
Charles only works with dead trunks and sculps them to give them a new life. The tree does not look sick but is being eroded from the inside by the fungus. The branches still bear leaves. The trunk remains standing and can maybe lay down to allow new shoots to sprout.
The sculpture is a symbol of hope for the future. Because the preservation of nature is an absolute necessity for all mankind.