Les Arbres is a private commission produced with composer Marilyn Boyd. This piece is site-specific to the location of the home of Mrs. Boyd in the forests of the Carolinian life zone, just outside of Washington DC. The piece was a commemorative, site-specific mural designed as a memorial to Mrs. Boyd’s late husband, a renowned American physicist.
Mrs. Boyd’s home is situated at the end of a long drive in the forest on a hill overlooking a small lake. The defining feature of the location is the forest in relation to the family home. The work is designed based on patterns of shadow and sunlight cast through the trees onto the wall from the surrounding forest. In the summer months the sun lines up with the design of the wall and merges the house with the surrounding landscape.