We tend to forget the landscapes where our cities sit on. Bushes is a temporary installation that brings those landscapes into an urban public space. It reutilises the branches cut when forests are “cleaned”, and in particular, aromatic ones. It is a smelly and ageing installation that changes scale and permits humans and other animals to inhabit a bush, and allows to value and appreciate the beauty of decaying organic matter. It also celebrates the witches that lived in the forests and used aromatic plants for their cures, and holes have been cut to frame the stars.
Re-imagining an almost lost typology built and used by goatherds to protect themselves and their sheep from the weather, Bushes was built with the same technique by family members of goatherds, contributing to passing on a skill that may otherwise get lost.
In the prototype that we built in December to celebrate the solstice with a party, as a multispecies shed, goats ended up eating some of the leaves….