Archive 2012

United Kingdom

Tree, Line

‘This is an ongoing series of constructed photographs rooted in the forest. These works, carried out in Surrey, Hampshire and Wales,involve site specific interventions in the landscape, ‘wrapping’ trees with white material to construct a visual relationship between tree, not-tree and the line of horizon according to the camera’s viewpoint.’




Lorenzo Durán is a self-taught artist who was born in 1969 in Cáceres, Spain. One day he saw a caterpillar eating a leaf and then he thought of “cutting plant leaves”, so he has focused on this new technique since 2008. Lorenzo uses components from nature that help him complete his ideas surrounding what he considers to be art. He believes that each object in nature and living being has, imprinted in its self, art in its purest form. The colors of a butterfly, mineral glass, a majestic tree, etc., are a form of art that delights the senses, and for him nature is a wonderful way to experience creativity.



United States

From the beginning, experiential education has been an essential component of the show. At SEED exhibitions visitors are encouraged not only to look at artwork inspired by the seed but also to engage in hands-on learning about the remarkable lives of seeds and their utmost importance in our lives. The SEED Exploratorium, is an entire room with new displays every year dedicated to engaging all five senses, so that understanding can be synthesized in multiple ways. This year SEED 4 Exploratorium will highlight the theme “Seed to Food”.



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DRAW ME A TREE, asks the viewer if we remember when we had a stubby crayon in our hands and happily scrawled out our houses, our cats, a blue sky with the sun up in the corner and a tree in the yard? One of the few artistic endeavors that we all have in common is drawing a tree and with this ongoing project Dan Shepherd will explore our connection to nature by asking people to Draw Me a Tree. But not just any tree, Dan is asking people to partner with him and illustrate the trees that have had some impact in their lives and together they visit these special trees and document them through a unique double exposure process. Draw Me a Tree helps show how intrinsically connected to nature we are through a series of visual tree stories that can be found everywhere in our yards, parks, gardens, forests, and streets.



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Inspired by musician and eco-philosopher David Rothenberg’s book of the same title, this documentary explores the intriguing, charming, complex and often conflicting theories on why birds sing like they do and why humans are so attracted to the sound.

The film features contributions from musicians including Laurie Anderson, Jarvis Cocker and Beth Orton; enlightening and often startling analysis from some of the world’s most eminent birdsong scientists; a literary guide to birdsong in poetry; a bizarre birdsong-themed art ‘happening’; the creation of a new musical composition from the Afro-Celt Sound System, entirely made up of manipulated birdsongs; and a strange musical duet at New York’s Bronx Aviary, featuring humans and birds.

Filmed in the forests, aviaries, studios and laboratories of England, Germany and the USA, this is a colorful, entertaining, informative and occasionally weird journey through the songs of nature that have enchanted and perplexed humans for thousands of years.




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During a trip by canoe on the river Shannon in Ireland, Liberty Smith en Sophie Windsor Clive are surprised by the movements of thousands of starlings in the sky. A collection of starlings is called a Murmuration.
The video first has a few still images before the dance of birds begins.



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A swarm of bees going nowhere, pollinating nothing.
Bee societies face many of the problems faced by human society, including maintaining public health, organising efficient information and transport systems and maintaining harmony in the group. This new work relates to the increasing tensions in both societies and questions what happens when the harmony is brought under threat.

Anne Brodie, 2011



United States

Aidan (13 years old) and Secret of the Fibonacci Sequence in Trees

"My investigation asked the question of whether there is a secret formula in tree design and whether the purpose of the spiral pattern is to collect sunlight better. After doing research, I put together test tools, experiments and design models to investigate how trees collect sunlight. At the end of my research project, I put the pieces of this natural puzzle together, and I discovered the answer. But the best part was that I discovered a new way to increase the efficiency of solar panels at collecting sunlight!"

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and more information here as well



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Encounters focuses on creating spaces and processes for people from all walks of life to re-look at who and how they are in the world at this time of ecological crisis and opportunity.

From the blog of Encounters:

"In London, we spent time thinking about and experiencing patterns in nature in different ways. People chose a picture, such as a bolt of lightening or a snails shell, which had a pattern within it. From this, everyone found something in the patch that echoed or had the same pattern. People then spent time drawing what they found. For example, someone chose the pattern lightening can make in the sky, and found leaves that had veins in the same pattern as the lightening and drew these leaves. We also thought about what else in nature follows the pattern we had individually chosen. For example, the veins in the leaves were found to be like the veins in our hands."

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Looking for 'patterns in nature' in the patch and drawing them, London

United States

Aesthetic Species Maps

A time-based detail of the range of shapes and patterns within several species of flora and fauna. Genetic diversity visualized by forms which simultaneously reflect balance, symmetry, and an infinite potential for variation.

Animation - David Montgomery
Sound - "Everyday" by Otters Making Music



United Kingdom

(Story by Bonnie Alter)

It's the first living painting in London's Trafalgar Square, and maybe the first anywhere. A Van Gogh picture has been turned into a green living vertical wall. Depicting Van Gogh's painting, A Wheatfield with Cypresses, it's a new way to draw people into the National Gallery to see the real thing.

Photo (B. Alter)

The living painting has been constructed by a horticulture and design company which specialises in green walls and roofs. They also did the recently installed living wall in the hotel which bills itself as the "largest vertical wall in Europe." They used over 8,000 plants of 25 different varieties. In order to recreate the strong bands of colour in the painting, plants were selected to match the tones. They were then hand-planted into a modular system according to a numbered drawing. The 640 modules were grown vertically at a nursery, ready for installation.

National Gallery: Van Gogh: A Wheatfield, with Cypresses 1889

It took 3 days to install the wall which forms part of a hoarding outside the gallery. It will remain there throughout the summer and autumn, until the end of October, 2011. Given the range of plants; some flowering now, some later, it will be interesting to watch how it grows and changes over the coming seasons.

Photo (B. Alter): up close photo

'A Wheatfield, with Cypresses' was painted in September 1889, when Van Gogh was in the St-Rémy mental asylum, near Arles.

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