French artist Christophe Guinet, aka Monsieur Plant, creates fantastical sculptures that will make you do a double take. Inspired by nature, particularly trees, his latest series, Twist, features hefty pieces of wood contorted into five striking forms. Each one was installed in a natural setting, instilling a sense of wonder in the environment.
Though they appear to be made of real wood, Guinet actually creates these pieces from plaster. Once he forms the desired shape, he covers the sculpture with pine bark to mimic the appearance of a real tree trunk. “It was during my walks in the forest that I was inspired to create this project. By observing the way trees grow, we find unusual, unique, and humorous shapes,” Guinet explains. “This is the reason why I wanted to work on the deformation by exaggerating the forms in order to challenge and question the person who observes my works.”
Twist includes sculptures that resemble knots, barbed wire, a heart, an infinity sign, and even lace. Guinet chose these symbols because they relate to emotions that can be found in nature. “The hyperrealistic works have been molded into distinct shapes to question the powers of nature and its ability to transform and adapt while testing the bounds of its limitations,” he explains.
French artist Christophe Guinet, aka Monsieur Plant, creates incredible sculptures that look like hefty pieces of wood.
Titled Twist, this series is actually made from plaster that has been covered with real pine bark.
These sculptures are intended to question nature’s limitations and instill a sense of wonder.