Angkor Wat - The Fusion of Architecture and Nature

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Had the Ta Prohm and Preah Khan Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia been diligently maintained since their construction in the 12th Century, they would just remain two of the countless spectacular temples that make up the largest religious complex in the world. But while the capital of the ancient Khmer empire lay abandoned and forgotten for hundreds of years, the jungle wasted no time in devouring the temples. Strangler fig and silk cotton trees took root and spread over the temple walls, loosening the stones and winding through the buildings, forming an otherworldly superstructure. The jungle appears to both invade and support the temple walls creating a harmonious and unique phenomenon of natural beauty.

 

This body of work explores the relationship between the ancient temples and the jungle that has invaded them. Using different glass methods to drive the narrative, I focus on the merger of architecture and nature, exploring the contrasts and contradictions which underpin this unique and powerful synthesis. viewed through an abstract, contemporary lens.