Christian Kerrigan's project, Growing a Ship in a Yew Forest "explores the possibilities of a symbiotic relationship between two different systems of organization, technology and nature— to theoretically alter newly planted trees in the last remaining Yew forest."(Kingley Vale)


Architect & Editor of 'The Space Between'magazine, Christian Kerrigan investigates in his recent work, how man's ability to control his surroundings is intimately linked with his advancing capabilities of using technology. Christian says "We have reached a point in our evolution where we are now capable of creating design criteria to manipulate natural growth and development."


By controlling the manipulation of refined armatures, calibrating devices and designed corsets; the system is capable of controlling the growth of a ship inside the forest. The ship will grow over a period of two hundred years and will exist as a hidden architecture inside the trees.



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growing ship

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  • http://www.christiankerrigan.com

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  • Hi there, thank you for your messages. I am putting together a small book which will explain more about this work and other emergent systems. At the moment the work is solely theoretical and an installation has not yet been arranged! If you have any questions or comments I would be very happy to talk with you. christiankerrigan@gmail.com

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  • Amazing concept, where can i see more pictures and find out more about the methods used ? We spent hours roaming the forest looking for this , and failed, much to my son's disappointment... any clues ?

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  • Christian your images are amazing! Drop me a line or two, email provided.

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  • Thanks for the reply. I've just finished 70 images which explains the full story. I'm now working on other ecologies to apply similar ideas of emergent systems!

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  • Very neat. This also makes me think of growth manipulation in humans, like the 'longneck' tribe in Thailand, where girls of young age get copper rings attached around their neck. More rings are added with age, so that their necks eventually stretch to unnatural lengths. Of course, the artificial (and often forced) limitation of feet lengths in Korea is something alike.

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  • these images are beautifull!

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  • I like the poetry of this project. I agree that manipulation growth could become an important way of enginering. Growing furniture, growing jewellery, growing cities, . It is all so elegant.

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