Few man-made objects can compare to the intense beauty of nature, but at times humans can enhance nature’s loveliness. Paul Foeckler of Split Grain takes gorgeous pieces of California cypress trees and turns them into lamps and lights.
The fusion of nature and technology seems to enhance both. The intricate lines, knots, indentations and markings on the tree slices are illuminated ethereally by the light inside, almost as if some sort of life form had made a comfortable home in the tree.
The lamps are half sculpture and half furnishing, but Split Grain also creates pieces that are nothing but sculpture. The sculptures also use slices of California cypress trees supported by steel. He does not change the wood much; rather, he simply slices them and arranges those slices, leaving some of their natural form while transforming them into lovely modern minimalist sculptures.