15 Breathtaking Sculptures You Can Find Hidden In French Woods

Spencer Byles’ stunning creations are hidden in the forests of France just waiting to be discovered.

Years ago, the gifted artist lived in the country with his family and decided to add some extra magic and mystery to woods nearby. He dedicated the next 12 months to weaving unique sculptures out of branches and other natural materials. While temporary, they all leave a lasting impression on those lucky enough to find them. Here are 15 of his most beautiful masterpieces!

1. Spencer chose 20 sites in La Colle-sur-Loup, Villeneuve Loubet, and Mougins.

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2. While he worked, he made sure not to disturb any wildlife habitats, using only items that already existed in the area.

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3. Every spot evoked a different emotional response, which inspired his unique designs.

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4. Throughout the project, he found himself working on up to 20 sculptures at a time — none of which were planned out.

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5. “I worked spontaneously without any drawings or planned design,” he said.

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6. Deep in the trees, Spencer discovered his own world, which is clearly visible in the intricate patterns he perfected.

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7. At times, the work was lonely, but Spencer grew to appreciate the solitude.

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8. “All five senses are heightened when you are in a forest for a long period,” he explained.

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9. While some people have stumbled across his sculptures by happy mistake, Spencer estimates half of his work has never been seen.

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10. But he says that’s part of the appeal!

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11. The rest is knowing they’ll eventually break down as nature reclaims them.

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12. “The temporary nature of my sculptures is an important aspect of my experiences and understanding,” he added.

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13. “I feel my sculptures are only really completed when nature begins to take hold again and gradually weaves its way back into the materials.”

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14. “At this point it slowly becomes part of nature again and less a part of me.”

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15. We can’t help but wish these would last forever, although knowing they won’t makes them even more breathtaking.

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What stunning art! It’s no wonder Spencer has thousands of adoring fans. You can find more of his work here.

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