Paradise Parking: Vintage Cars are Swallowed Up by Trees and Vines in France

by , 02/24/12
filed under: Art, Design, Gallery

Parking Paradise, vintage cars, abandoned cars, photography, Peter Lippmann, green design, sustainable design, eco design, art, eco-art, green art, environmental art, automobiles, France, Gallery Sophie Maree, Brussels

Peter Lippmann is no stranger to the eminent world of photography. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, and le Figaro among many other reputable publications. But lately he has been focusing on age and decay, which is how the idea came about to explore what happens to vehicles after their useful life comes to an end.

And this is what he found out: eventually, trees will grow around the cars, and vines will wrap themselves around rims and window frames. Similar to the coral reef sculpture parks by Jason deCaires Taylor, these abandoned vehicles actually seem to encourage life to grow up around them. Paradise Parking will soon be on display at the Gallery Sophie Maree in Brussels, and in October a book most likely to be called by the same name will feature Lippmann’s images edited by Editions Xavier Barral.

+ Peter Lippmann

Via This is Colossal

Related Posts


or your inhabitat account below


  1. Francella February 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Strangely beautiful and perhaps prophetic, seeing technology integrated into nature.

  2. meeka February 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I’m french, and I’ve never seen anything like this in a public forest! It is certainly inside some private properties 😉

  3. quinny February 24, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Are these cars all on private property? I can’t believe forest management would leave such ‘trash’ laying around… (perhaps in France they do…)

    Trees will grow around anything. On the other side of my town (received city rights in 1391) there are some really old mansions with very old metal fences. Some trees were planted to close to the fence (or the fence placed so close to the tree) that the fence is now in the middle of the tree…

    Looks very cool.

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home