Based on the Academy Award-winning 1987 short film, "The Man Who Planted Trees" was MIM's first masterpiece. MIM consulted with the filmmaker, Frédéric Back.
"'The Man Who Planted Trees' was conceived as a bona fide mosaiculture garden stemming from the efforts of a single man, the shepherd Elzéard Bouffier," the MIM description reads. "Through his ceaseless and patient toil, he was able to transform a desolate, arid expanse of land into a fertile territory verdant with field and forest."
In the sculpture, the shepherd plants an oak tree near a flock of sheep. Adjacent, a scene of horses frolicking in the prairie illustrates the fruits of his efforts.