Since autumn 2003, following the forest fires in the Massif des Maures Forest in Southern France and with the authorization of the corresponding Government Agencies and Municipalities, Philippe Pastor has collected burnt tree trunks from the forest and has created « The Burned Trees » sculptures.
Pastor then cuts, transports and carves the blackened trunks, and through the magic and poetry of art, the trunks are sculpted and painted giving them new life.
« The Burned Trees » sculptures have become an emblem of deforestation and can be found exhibited throughout the world, in countries such as Kenya, France, Singapore and the United States.
In 2007 Pastor partnered with the United Nations Environmental Program at the launching of the Plant for the Planet Campaign placed under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the late Professor Wangari Maathai 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who endeavored to plant a billion trees to combat climate change.
In 2014-2015, Philippe Pastor presented « The Burned Trees » sculptures at the Gare du Nord and Gare Montparnasse in Paris, in collaboration with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and SNCF, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Treaty and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21). Thus the artist got involved in a reforestation campaign in Madagascar, together with the Nicolas Hulot Foundation.
In 2015, he was the official artist of the Monaco Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Milan, where « The Burned Trees » sculptures were integrated into the exterior architecture of the Principality’s pavilion. The theme of the exhibition « Feeding the planet, Energy for Life » – is strongly connected with sustainable development issues and environmental protection which are major concerns for the artist.
Since then, it has been shown in different public open spaces, including areas particularly affected by forest fires.