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Christine de Schaetzen, April 2, 2007
Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
 
The flexible vegetal structures of Marcel Kalberer  (Germany)

It was his interest in one of the most ancient construction systems in the world, that of the plaited reeds used 5000 years ago by the Mesopotamians to build their homes, that gave Marcel Kalberer the idea of producing, from 1984, flexible vegetal structures using branches of willow planted in the ground. By bending and assembling them he invented natural, living and evolving shelters in the form of tunnels, domes, pavilions, palaces or cathedrals. To produce these hybrid constructions the architect used schoolchildren and other volunteers from various European countries with sometimes as many as 600 working on a single site. The modern-day follies of Marcel Kalberer erected in parks on the occasion of commemorative events have rapidly become very popular tourist attractions.  


Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
 
Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
Marcel Kalberer_The flexible vegetal structures
 
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