Axel Erlandson is the sole individual whose work in the field of arborsculpture has been unsurpassed. With just a fourth grade schooling but with a resilient determination, Axel Erlandson has brought mammoth optimism for all ambitious arborsculptors.
He has designed over 55 exclusive grafted trees on the grounds of Tree Circus, which is the roadside charm alongside a tourist route to the ocean side of Santa Cruz, California; which he opened for tourists in 1947.
About 30 years ago, a teenage boy named Jadav “Molai” Payeng instigated a silent movement that created the forest, what we call today the Molai woods located in northern India’s Assam state.
Payeng started this incredible journey in transforming an infertile sandbar into an expansive 1,360 acres of jungle inhabited by wildlife way back in 1979.
This place was near his place of birth in India’s Assam state. Payeng devoted his life to this struggle; relocated himself to the site and worked round-the-clock in crafting a plush new forest ecosystem. All this done single-handedly!