“Sometimes I found myself like a nurse…healing the wounds inflicted by man…” The works of Teresa Moller demonstrate both a belief in nature’s rehabilitative power, and ambivalence towards altering the natural world with manmade structures. Accordingly, her landscape interventions seek to both create a stage for nature, and to disappear entirely into it.
At Punta Pite, 150km north of Santiago, a series of paths, steps and platforms traces a line along the cliffs. Crafted from stone by a team of 50 masons, the route connecting the seaside towns of Zapallar and Papudo appears at times to be a monumental work of sculpture, while at other times it almost vanishes altogether into the dramatic contours of the cliff face. The most well-known and representative of Moller’s projects, Punta Pite (2005) demonstrates the subtlety, imagination and poetry for which the Chilean landscape architect is renowned.
A protégé of pioneering Modernist landscape architect Juan Grimm, Moller is today regarded as one of the world’s foremost designers of landscapes, gardens and urban spaces. “Sometimes it is absolute[ly] clear where to walk and to go... and sometimes you have to search for clues…like in life…”