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Landscape as Muse

Season Two - Episode 26

The Forest with Peter Von Tiesenhausen
West-Central Alberta's Peace River country is a mosaic of aspen woodlands and fescue grassland laid out over gently rolling foothills of the Rockies. Here, amid Alberta's vast oil and gas fields and insatiable logging industry, Peter Von Tiesenhausen's isolated farm has remained relatively untouched—except by his own hand. Using materials that the land provides - trees, wood, pulp, rock, fire, ash—Von Tiesenhausen, his home, and his art demonstrate an inextricable link to nature:

"I use the landscape and nature because it's right here. I understand it better than I understand anything else. It becomes my philosophy. It becomes my artwork. It is co-creating with me."