In the hortillonnages, the market gardens where vegetables are grown, wood was also produced which was highly valued at that time. From the trunk to the twig, from offcuts to woven wood, the remnants, pieces of abandoned wood, found a second life. Stacked, sorted, arranged and aligned, this collection of wood was put to a variety of uses : fencing, heating, containers, mulching, compost etc. On the « Ile aux Fagots », left over willow branches were formed into bundles and used for harvesting vegetables. Today, « Le Bois des Rémanents » is home to intimate clearings linked by smooth paths, sometimes sheltered and sometimes bathed in sunshine near a stream. Found on the ground or as if they had fallen from the sky, the remnants come together and make new spaces here. Tree trunks, logs, branches, stalks, mulches…are fighting back and rising up, revitalised. Long benches, spun threads, Le Bois des Rémanents has again become a living space and a place to support life.
Florent & Grégory Morisseau