Patrick M. Lydon

Founding Director // American ecological artist and image-maker, Patrick resides in Osaka, Japan, where he and his wife run The Branch, an urban farm and ecological art lab. He holds an MFA from The University of Edinburgh, and previously studied at Aichi University of Arts, and California State University San Jose, and spent several years learning from nature and elders as a nomad in East Asia. He has written for YES! Magazine, Resilience, and is the arts & events editor at The Nature of Cities.
The Branch, Osaka

The Branch, Osaka

An ecological art lab and pocket farm located in Osaka, Japan conceived and built by Patrick M. Lydon and Suhee Kang with help from donors and volunteers from Japan and around the world. The space hosts community workshops and exhibitions by an international cast of resident artists, all aimed at re-kindling our relationship with nature.

Building an Ecology of One

Building an Ecology of One

Our systems of production and consumption have become so far separated from ecological reality, that sustainability and human well being have both become impossibilities. What needs to change, and how do we re-write the rules to build a truly sustainable culture?

Workshop / Nature Mandala

Workshop / Nature Mandala

A team building exercise where groups work together to build a giant mandala from locally-foraged natural materials, celebrating local nature, and building stronger relationships with the environment and each other.

Workshop / Plant and Place

Workshop / Plant and Place

Participants learn simple ways to preserve and use plants to make postcards, exploring the shapes, textures, and colors of local plants, and using them to tell the story of places in more delicate and intimate ways than a traditional postcard.

Workshop / Color Of Soil and Season

Workshop / Color Of Soil and Season

An art-making workshop where participants discover the importance of the billions of individual living beings in the soil as we slowly delicately, and mindfully explore the myriad colors and life to be found in soil, stone, and other local natural elements.

Artwork / Osakako Mandala

Artwork / Osakako Mandala

Comprising over 7,000 individual leaves collected from beneath a tree, this temporary ‘meditative” installation was created in public view over the course of four weeks at Contemporary Art Space Osaka as part of the Robert Callender International Residency.

After War… Where Compassion Lives

After War… Where Compassion Lives

On the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a small group of volunteers from Japan visit South Korea. This short film follows their activities, showing us both the far reaching effects of war, and the power of human compassion.