Air Driven Trees

The Presence Tree (2020)

Duration: 57″


‘The Presence Tree’ is an artificial tree, the top of which consists of inflatable volumes. When standing alone, i.e. without any people around it, it remains bare. Only human presence can inflate the volumes and give the tree its full foliage. Then the tree inflates its volumes. When people leave the tree, the volumes run empty.




Duration: 30″


The Presence Tree, visualization 2: A pneumatic system controls 5 volumes.



Duration: 1’00”


The Presence Tree, visualization 3: A pollard willow in a park.







Longing for the Summer Lane (2020)

Exhibition concept: two flat screens on a wall with two different camera angles of the installation.

Duration: 1’30”


Longing for the Summer Lane is a variation on the 3D animation The Expanding Tree (see below), in which the same technique of elastic and inflatable volumes is used.

In this work, there are trees on both sides of a lane in a wintry landscape. The trees, the tops of which change volume, seem to breathe. They look green and fresh, as at the beginning of summer. A man, the artist himself, walks through the artwork.

The installation works and looks best in winter, when it is cold and the landscape is barren and dry – a nice contrast with the artwork. It makes one long for summer. The trees can be inflated with hot air, so the balls keep their bright green colour and do not freeze.

With the necessary technical support, the installation can be executed ‘real life’.







The Expanding Tree (2018)

Duration: 2’58”



‘The Expanding Tree’ is the visualisation of a concept, the 3D-animation of an idea. The artist might decide to make it an installation at a later date.

This 3D animation shows a pneumatic tree in nature. The tree consists of metal tubes (its trunk and branches) and of elastic and inflatable  volumes (its foliage). The foliage is air driven: the volumes are gradually inflated and let down. In this way the fake tree imitates natural growth: from a naked tree to one full of leaves.