Tobi Trübenbacher

In my first project I experimented with different chemicals in order to remove the chlorophyll from leafs and therefore create increasingly transparent „leaf-skeletons“.
After some efforts I found out that ivy-leafs are most suitable for clearing away the green chlorophyll-skins, by cooking them for three hours in a mixture of bleach powder and soda.

Thus different, unique and filigree veiny structures were formed. On the one hand they arouse fascination for nature and its operating principles. However, on the other hand the depicted process of decomposition in nature should also raise questions in the viewers about what remains if nature slowly disappears? What will our world look like, when we continue exterminating species, clearing existing forests or woodlands and pollute our environment?


  1. The aesthetic of the leave structures is fascinating. You discovered a rich layer of information in those leaves. Then you made a decision to add another information layer with written text. That makes one wonder whether that typographic layer can actually compete with or add value to the information density of the leave structures. The contents of the text strikes me as rather… simple.

    1. Probably you are right, Ralph! In the arrangement depicted on the last photograph I just wonted to try out the text as a further element to see how it appeals. But the text is added in a way, that it easily can be removed again.

  2. Now the exciting question is: What can the leaves “tell us” and how could one bring about that information? Is it about growing as physics + time + structure? is it about variation? About adaption of form? About materials of various strength? About the interface between light, air, and water? What fascinates you personally about those leaves?

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