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One of my friends attended a basket making event and was introduced to Bonnie Gale, an artist that uses live willow and basket weaving techniques to create natural, environmental spaces. They are just spectacular works!
Living willow structures are structures (such as domes, arches, arbors, tunnels, fences, hedges and even rooms and small buildings) that are made with large living rods that are pushed in the ground and woven into these forms. The rods then grow and produce a live, green shape. They are wonderful permanent structures that provide shady play structures, places for sitting and contemplation as well as powerful garden elements and accents. Almost any form is as possible. In some cases, a metal substructure (covered with willow) is included in the installation in order to extend the shape and height. The new growth will be trained on to this substructure.
I know you will love her work as much as we do!