Part of Uprooted 

Bench made of Japanese knotweed honeycomb with 3 ply of Robinia veneer assembled with pre-vulcanized latex. Knotweed and Robinia are most of the time growing on the same soil, two invasive species cohabiting.

Japanese knotweed : is one of the most abundant and interesting species, this seasonal grass does not have the same properties, color and so application depending on the harvest period. It can become veneer in the spring and get strong enough during winter to become a honeycomb structure.

Robinia pseudoacacia : In terms of risks of invasion and spread outside the plantation forest areas, the locust is a pioneer species demanding in light, capable of dispersing quickly and colonizing a wide range of habitats, from dry environments to environments close to water but well drained. It is able to adapt to disturbed forest areas and can quickly colonize open biotopes in many types of sites, such as fallow land, including in peri-urban areas, mining areas, quarries, fields or abandoned pastures, or sites damaged by fire. It can also be found in mixed stands of fast-growing species, both native and exotic, but it can dominate stands of young, slow-growing native trees, such as those of oaks.

Year: 2019
Atelier Luma / Luma Arles
Materials: Japanese knotweed, robinia veneer, vulcanized latex
Pictures: Samy Rio