The Jubilee Carving in the Treehouse Tree is another pile of poorly judged public art | Rowan Mor

TThe treehouse, the thing that will be erected outside Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s jubilee, according to its designer’s studio, Thomas Heatherwick, “The Sculpture” which “seeks to place the importance of trees and nature at the center of this historic achievement”. I’m going to abuse metaphors here (do landmarks have hearts?) but not trees, this is another case of some designer’s obsession with picking them up, moving them and putting them where they don’t want to be. .

This 21-meter-high steel structure will hold 350 small trees planted in aluminum pots, which will be distributed across the country after the Jubilee. It’s roughly shaped like a tree, but this awkward, angular construction bears little resemblance to a real living creature. It’s a tree emoji realized with structural engineering. She has strong feelings about Marble Arch Mound, the disastrous artificial mound that was erected last year. Here, as there, a cartoon version of nature is festively laid out in London by people who don’t seem to have thought much of what makes trees beautiful.

These words from the studio also take freedom with the idea of ​​art. They call the tree of trees “sculpture”. Maybe compare Boris Johnson once Heatherwick to MichelangeloDavid is not.

Trump takes the point

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Tomatoes – “dangerous things.” Photo: Helios4Eos/Getty Images/iStockphoto

In other news from the Plant Kingdom, it emerged that Donald Trump was so afraid of infesting fruits that he urged his security to attack protesters. “You can kill with these things,” He said, In a statement to the New York Court. “Tomatoes are bad, by the way. But they are very dangerous … pineapples, tomatoes, bananas and things like that, yes, they are dangerous things.”

Hard not to make a comparison with Volodymyr ZelenskyThe man Trump once tried to exploit in the political libel industry. Ukrainian leader challenges strike and bomb squads in Kyiv; The former president of the United States shivered from the tomatoes.

memorial slip

The UK's proposed Holocaust memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, London, whose planning permission has been revoked by the High Court.
The UK’s proposed Holocaust memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, London, whose planning permission has been revoked by the High Court. Photo: UK Holocaust Memorial / PA

Last month, the Supreme Court overturned Government decision to grant planning permission for the proposed UK Holocaust Learning and Memorial Centre. Her problem with the site was at Victoria Tower Gardens, a small Grade II listed garden next to Parliament. The court found the proposal to contravene a 1900 law requiring gardens to be kept as an open space. As has been evident since David Cameron Announce the plan More than six years ago, the scale of the proposal was devastating to a small, fragile garden. The biggest problem is not the memorial itself, but the decision to accompany it with an educational center, which would require the construction of a large enclosed building.

It hurts that there has been such a waste of energy, resources, and goodwill, through lengthy planning processes and public inquiry, to arrive at what should always have been a clear outcome.

But now there is an opportunity to create something worthy of the disaster the memorial is supposed to remember. The Learning Center could be located elsewhere, most evident being the Imperial War Museum, which actually has impressive galleries dedicated to the Holocaust. It is conceivable that a monument, if it consists of a landscape or more than one building, may be built in the gardens without contravening the 1900 Act.

On Friday, it was announced that the government has resume The Supreme Court’s decision, which is unfortunate. Rather, she should seize the opportunity of her judgment to apply the intelligence and sensitivity that she should have shown in the beginning.

Rowan Moore is the Observer’s correspondent for architecture