Tom Price

Tom Price’s PP Trysting Tree, 2012, is a commission for Bloomberg at their London Finsbury Square HQ. Made out of their waste materials it explores the dialogue of unnatural nature, creating an installation that mimics the poetry and transience of the natural world

Boughs made from polypropylene pipe and nylon cable ties hang over a glossy black table and seating module whose surface is made from discarded computer screens. The trees are not intended as accurate representations of natural forms, but to evoke an atmosphere similar to the experience of standing amongst a cluster of cherry trees in full bloom. The white tubular plastic tree grows and stretches across the internal glass dividing walls, threatening to burst free. Plastic blossom hangs from its branches, filtering the light and casting shadows below. Sections of blossom are captured within the table and can be glimpsed through the surface, diffracted by the lens of the computer screen.

Historically, trysting trees are places to gather and meet prior to battle, during a hunt or simply to debate. Latterly they became more commonly known as a rendezvous for lovers.

The installation across four meeting rooms is the latest commission in a series of art and design projects curated by Arts Co that bring the best of emerging international talent into the heart of Bloomberg’s London office. Tom Price lives and works in London, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007.