"The Fantastic Tree is the Norwegian Forest Museum’s new exhibition displaying the photosynthesis and the life, death and history of the tree. By using complicated light effects, we are able to recreate the photosynthesis. Understanding the photosynthesis is the beginning of understanding both the carbon sequestration, the carbon cycle, and later the forests’ role in a climate context. To demonstrate how spectacular the photosynthesis really is, we have made a 9 meter long glowing acrylic wall, displaying an incision of a leaf. In the middle of the exhibition stands a 7,5 meter tall sculpture of a tree, made of 10 kilometers of aluminum pipes – this is The Fantastic Tree." - Norsk Skogmuseum
Pivot had the honor of leading the design development of The Fantastic Tree exhibition. The room features an elevated pavilion representing a section of a leaf. All main biological components of a leaf are shown with colored light emitting from engraved acrylic plates. Pivot facilitated a parametric model of the biological aspects on the acrylic plates. In addition, we designed the balcony of pavilion, and the steel construction in collaboration with a building consultant. For the aluminum tree at the center of the exhibition room we made a parametricmodel with “growth parameters”. Light Berau AS were in charge of the lighting design.We worked in close contact with biologists to achieve a good representation of the leaf.