Over the previous 3 years, Auke de Vries had visited YSP on several occasions to study the landscape and make drawings of trees. Some of the Park's trees had inspired the creation of many of the sculptures in this exhibition, including Watchtower, which stood eleven metres high. Sculptures were densely placed in the Pavilion Gallery to explore the idea of creating a sculptural forest in an indoor space; itself situated within a garden and wooded landscape. Sketches were also displayed which documented Auke de Vries’ working processes at YSP.
Auke de Vries, one of Holland’s most prominent sculptors, established an international reputation through exhibition and numerous public commissions. He had also acted as an advisor on the reconstruction of the city of Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, and was the Professor of Fine Art at both the Royal Academy of Visual Arts, The Hague and at the Rijksacademie, Amsterdam.