Now those who have witnessed the chilling exploits of the ‘Yellow King’ in the True Detective series, wouldn’t be too keen on encountering these man-made organic sculptures. For others, these forest-dwelling creations of artist Spencer Byles might just spark some nature-inspired interest, by virtue of their mysteriously enchanting scope. Situated in the wooded areas encompassing La Colle sur Loup, Villeneuve-Loubet, and Mougins, all of the sculptures were created over a period of a year. And the impressive part is – the forested installations were made from only naturally available materials found within the local parameters of the woodlands.
As we can comprehend from the images, the sculptures are given a ‘natural twist’ (no pun intended) with woven lattices, arranged branches and interlaced twigs. This design approach according to the artist, was intentionally adopted to give a mysterious air to the forest-bound installations. In essence, he wanted the audience to feel perplexed about the man-made (or natural) bearing of the sylvan artworks – which in bits-and-parts can hint at a supernatural entity.
Another side to this arboraceous ambit is the temporary nature of the sculptures. Sheltered by nature, the artworks will eventually be also taken over by the invasive scope of wilderness. As Byles puts it forth in a succinct manner –
The temporary nature of my sculptures is an important aspect of my experiences and understanding. I feel my sculptures are only really completed when nature begins to take hold again and gradually weave its way back into the materials. At this point it slowly becomes part of nature again and less a part of me.