Designer Let's Nature Do Art, naturalment! (Photos + Video)


Photo Credit: Gerard Moliné

When I entered the Gallery Art & Design in Poblenou, Barcelona, it was the odd smell I noticed first. Very faint, but it reminded me of something far away. Large pieces of art are scattered around the big white gallery space, made up of thick earthy colours and rough textures. I wasn't sure what exactly I was looking at until Gerard Moliné himself told me the story of how, when he was 7 years old in his village in the Catalan country side, he placed glass bottles into branches of trees. Years later, in 2008, he discovered that the tree had sort of embraced the glass, and grew around the bottle. This was the beginning to product designer Moliné's getting nature to do art."Naturalmente. Thinking Nature" is Moliné's latest show, although he had been featured on TreeHugger before with his urn Bios and the Nest House. The designer explains that he wants nature to make the pieces, in order to bring her closer to people. For the opening of the show at Art & Design, he even brought a real cow into the gallery, and told me in disbelieve that someone actually asked if it was a real one. Clearly, we need to get back out into nature and look, touch, smell and feel. Or have a walk around the Museum Arts Santa Mònica where some of the work is on show again until the end of september. Here a few pieces for those of you who can't make it to Barcelona right now:

Alabastre (Alabaster) (2007-2011)

Photo Credit: Gerard Moliné

Abandoning several pieces of alabaster in a river and checking their state years later; allowing swallows to stain a canvas during their migration process; or letting a cow create a sculpture are a few of the experiments that Moliné allows Nature to conduct. The inner logic of Nature therefore becomes the theme of his works, the passage of time endows them with meaning and questioning the concept of death, as we understand it, is intuitively perceived as their raison d'être.

Cera y miel (Wax and honey) (2008-2010)

Photo Credit: Gerard Moliné

A piece executed by 100 bees whose hive has been replaced by a mould, similar to the Bees Vase by Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny.

Sal (Salt) (2008-2011)

Photo Credit: Gerard Moliné

Astonishing objects that emerge from the erosion caused by a cow's tongue licking a block of salt.

Migraciones (Migrations) (2008)

Photo Credit: Gerard Moliné

12 canvases, one a month, had been laid under a telephone wire to document the migrations of the swallows...

Llana (Wool) (2011)

Photo Credit: Gallery Art & Design

Walls of white sheep wool are hung outdoors, impregnated with pigments at the top. The rain does the painting. Take some time and watch this video by Roger Moliné to see how the pieces came to life.


With no will either to interpret or modify the environment, the pieces that constitute Naturalment have progressively succeeded each in a sincere way: in some cases involuntarily and innocently with no intention of ever being shown to the public, while in others they have even ended up vanishing.

In present-day culture, where it no longer makes sense to seek inspiration in nature from a distance, Naturalment reveals itself as a thesis on creative awareness of the natural environment, an experiment that, like an expression of street art, takes meaning from, enters into dialogue with and interacts with an urban environment.

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