Enzo Enea’s Tree Museum

Enzo Enea, a well-known Swiss landscape architect, will open the Tree Museum on the shore of Lake Zurich, in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. The New York Times writes that the museum is a “meticulously curated outdoor display” set on 2.5 acres. Visitors will be able to see more than 20 varities of trees framed by 16-foot high sandstone walls.  Mr. Enea said: “I have collected trees over the last 17 years from gardens that I was building or houses that I was building. Trees had to be moved, and instead of cutting them, I tried to remove them.” 

The 75,000 square meters outdoor museum will offer a series of spaces “that integrate aesthetics, sustainability, and history.” At any given time approximately 120 trees between 50 and 130 years old and ranging in height from 15 to 40 feet will be on view. An rotating exhibition schedule will create “theme viewings,” highlighting trees with different shapes. In time, the Tree Museum is also expected to serve as a local performing arts site.

The exhibition opens June 14. Learn more.

One thought on “Enzo Enea’s Tree Museum

  1. muszynska 07/07/2010 / 10:40 pm

    While I am sad that when ever there is a problem “the tree goes,” I am heartened by Mr. Enea understanding of a tree’s value. I salute you but wish that we had more respect for trees’ noble lineages and function. The cedars that were removed from my street three weeks ago, just lay on the front lawn dying after having been in place for at least the 18 years that I have lived here. I tried to lift them to plant them in the urban forest we have started but they were too heavy: the next day the cedars had been taken away. A recent guest, who lives in Jordan, told us how the trees lining her street were cut down and carted away because they deposited resin on the cars underneath them. How do we make such unfortunate choices?

    Thank you Mr. Enea for your idea and following it to create this museum. Perhaps the unconverted will learn about one of the most magnificent living systems we have, and do more to protect them so they are not relegated to artifacts.

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