Dutch paper artist Peter Gentenaar grew frustrated with the available paper, so he started his own paper factory with the help of the Royal Dutch Paper Factory. Through a special process of beating the paper pulp for a long time and adding fine bamboo ribs, the paper becomes incredibly pliable and adaptable for the creation of wildly imaginary forms.The paper shrinks almost 40% when drying which causes the tension between the pulp and the bamboo. Bamboo does not shrink in the drying process and so, puts the whole creation under strain.
The outcome is an art piece that resembles “a slowly curling autumn leaf”.At St. Riquier, a French abbey, and the adjoining monastery more than 100 paper sculptures are exhibited. Peter recently exhibited his art in Suzhou, China. The show ended in June 2017. Furthermore, Peter Gentenaar has created installations in places like the Four Seasons Hotel Disney World Resort, Florida, USA, Rocky Mountain Sunset for Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and the Luxury Court, Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Source: photos are courtesy of www.inhabitat.com and www.gentenaar-torley.nl