Katie Paterson in collaboration with Zeller & Moye has gathered 10,000 tree species spanning time and space for Hollow. A new public artwork for Bristol, commissioned by the University of Bristol.

Step inside a structure that is made of thousands of unique samples of tree species, sourced from every country across the world, from fossilized trees from the earliest forests that emerged over 390 million years ago to the most recent emergent species. Within Hollow you will discover the story of the planet.

Renowned for her exploration of the cosmos and geological time, artist Katie Paterson has amassed a collection of 10,000 tree species to form a new artwork for Bristol, which opened on 9 May 2016. The samples of wood span time and space and have been sourced from across the globe. From the oldest tree in the world to some of the youngest and near-extinct species, the tree samples contain within them stories of the planet’s history and evolution through time.

Hollow was unveiled on 9 May at Royal Fort Gardens to mark the opening of the University of Bristol’s new Life Sciences building.

To discover some of the hidden stories in Hollow go to www.hollow.org.uk

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Interior of Hollow, Katie Paterson and Zeller & Moye. Courtesy of Situations and the University of Bristol. Photo: Max McClure



Follow the making of Hollow on BBC 4 – What Do Artists Do All Day? Broadcast on Saturday 7 May, 7pm or Watch later 

About the artist

“Katie Paterson operates like an Enlightenment Polymath, drawing on both scientific expertise and Romantic wonderment to create art that crosses mediums and disciplines. Rather than rejecting categories, she includes them all.” – Zoe Pilger, The Independent

Katie Paterson (b. 1981, Scotland) creates beautiful conceptual artworks. In the past, she has broadcast the sounds of a melting glacier live to a visitor on a mobile phone in an art gallery, mapped all the dead stars by compiling a slide archive of the history of darkness across the ages, custom-made a light bulb to simulate the experience of moonlight, and buried a nano-sized grain of sand deep within the Sahara desert.

Katie Paterson was winner of the Independent’s Creative 30 award ‘for Britain’s most creative young person’ and has won a 2014 South Bank Sky Arts Award. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh University in recognition of her ‘major contribution in fostering collaboration between the arts and sciences’.

Katie Paterson’s Hollow is produced by Situations and commissioned by University of Bristol.

About the architects

Read our recent interview with Christoph and Ingrid

Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye founded Zeller & Moye as an architectural studio that operates with an interdisciplinary and global approach, with bases in Mexico City and Berlin. The studio established a unique working method of extensive experimentation for the development of a project in order to articulate meaningful proposals for the contemporary world.

Zeller & Moye has designed a wide range of projects at all scales from furniture design to large cultural buildings in different parts of the world. Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye have been practicing architecture for more than 14 years including work for international practices SANAA in Tokyo and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and London, leading numerous projects such as the ‘Tate Modern Project’ and the ‘Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012’. Zeller & Moye are currently realising a memorial in Kurdistan, Iraq; a low-energy housing project in China; a design museum, two contemporary art galleries and a series of residential projects in Mexico; amongst others. Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye teach at the AA Visiting Schools Berlin and Mexico, a master class in urban studies at the UIA Mexico City and have been jury members, lecturers and guest critics at various universities.


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