One Tree Four Seasons is a collaborative work between the Swedish architect/artist Ulf Mejergren and the Finnish artist Antti Laitinen. From one tree they will make four different projects, one for each season, with available material found in nature. Some of the materials that nature has to offer can only be found at certain periods over the year which makes each project into a reflection of that particular time. The different projects will also take advantage of the tree’s different seasonal appearances, since the tree is also a big part of each project. The tree that was chosen, is an alder tree standing solitary on a field south of Stockholm, Sweden. The tree grows on a small hill of overgrown rocks which is a result from an older farm practice where the fields were cleared from obstacles and put in one place, like small islands in the fields.
For the first project, which started in early April this year, the artists collected dead branches from the surrounding forest and encircled the tree by interweaving them with each other like a huge nest. A circular opening makes it possible to see a section of the tree and also the inside where there is a floor of bent willow. Directions of how to get to the tree and updates on each new project can be found at www.onetreefourseasons.com. The first season will also be exhibited at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki from June 2 -26 2022. This project was made possible by the Nordic Culture Point, a cultural institution based in Helsinki, Finland and the Finnish Institute based in Stockholm, Sweden.