TIERGARTEN® is a Paris-based digital art publisher and gallery that showcases quintessential forms.
Its creation has opened up fresh vistas for its designers, giving them the freedom to explore new areas. With this inaugural series of animal sculptures made of wood and bronze, the designers set out to share their delight in nature and celebrate the beauty of living creatures.
It all begins with a long phase of observation, having studied the animals in depth so as to distil their essential characteristics into almost pictogrammatic representations. Together, the four sculptures make up a serene indoor garden of contemplation.
The online art gallery and publisher TIERGARTEN® was set up in 2014 by the Franco-German design duo Katja Liebig and Fred Fréty. Liebig and Fréty met in Paris in 2002 while studying at the French design school ENSCI-Les Ateliers. After qualifying in 2003 and 2004 respectively, they embarked on solo careers in various fields of design including furniture, cosmetics and transport.
˝The idea of Tiergarten took a long time to come to fruition. We wanted to work on a creative project together and to express our delight in the wonders of nature, but we weren’t in a hurry, and this was a first foray into sculpture for both of us. We are thrilled to be opening our animal garden to visitors and unveiling this first series of works!˝ Katja and Fred.
Digital and Hand Made Combined
The sculptures are produced by an unusual process: first, digital templates of the figures are gradually whittled out using computer software, then the pieces are hand-made by decorative craftsmen. This guarantees that every piece is unique, true to the original design and respectful of the material it is made of.
Bronze Editions: Numbered and Limited
The bronze editions are limited and each piece is numbered. The wood editions are made to order and are not limited.
Tiergarten has great pleasure in introducing its first four inhabitants: Horus the falcon, Gaston the hedgehog, Loki the squirrel and Odin the raven.
The TIERGARTEN® WOOD Editions of the sculptures are made from a European species of maple that grows near the workshop where the pieces are carved. Each animal figure is sculpted digitally then carved from this superb natural material by the skilled hands of a cabinet-maker. It takes several hours of painstaking work to bring each figure to life. In most cases, the surface of the maplewood is left unpolished and unstained. The original colour and texture of this beautiful natural material ideally suit the pure, minimalist lines of the sculptures, which will gradually acquire a patina over time, as they interact with their environment. Where a stain is used, we make absolutely sure that it complies with Tiergarten’s strict environmental standards.
For more information visit http://www.tiergarten.co