What do you get when you combine an architect, a farmer, an artistic mindset and a pile of thick bark? If you’re farmer Robert Petterson and architect Ulf Mejergren, you get Pine Bark Hut.
The “farm art” project came together when Mejergren and Petterson began exploring uses for a pile of thick pine bark. Petterson had fallen several trees and stacked them where they sat waiting to be picked up. Before the logs left for the sawmill, the duo noticed the dried bark breaking away from the logs.
Easily removed but quite heavy to transport, Mejergren and Petterson used the materials for Pine Bark Hut. They developed a design that would use the wood without damaging surrounding trees or removing bark from living trees.
Pine Bark Hut consists of three sides built from studs and plywood. These free-standing walls didn’t come into contact with the three pine trees hovering above, yet are sturdy enough to support the weight of the bark pieces.
Ready to develop the final look, the team laid the bark pieces out on the ground and roughly fit them into place to visualize the hut. They then mounted the pine bark pieces to the frame, securing them to the plywood. The finished hut offers a small hideout or hunting camouflage. Yet, it’s also art that blends seamlessly into the landscape. Using natural materials, Pine Bark Hut is also biodegradable or compostable.
While it offers many options for use, it’s currently a storage area for tools while the partners plan out their next “farm art” installation, of which more is expected. In a press release, the project update states: “Together they form an unusual art duo for a year and will build various projects on the farmers land with techniques and know-how from the farmer blended with creativity and artistic intentions from the artist.”
“Farm Art” is funded by Kulturbryggan, a part of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee which promotes new ways to create and look at art.
Images via Ulf Mejergren Architects