When art makes a tree speak for itself

Feb 01, 2019, 7:15 AM EST
(Source: https://www.urdesignmag.com)
(Source: https://www.urdesignmag.com)

If trees could speak, they would have sure wailed at their helplessness against climate change. Ironically, trees - humanity’s one great hope to mitigate global warming – suffer silently as the world pollutes the air around them, fouls their water sources and destroys biodiversity.

Dutch interactive artist Thijs Biersteker, through his installation “Voice of Nature,” gives trees the chance to speak up and narrate their plight via environmental sensors in real time, writes Eco Watch.

In collaboration with the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology, the artist tucked a Japanese cinnamon tree in China with sensors that gauge ambient moisture levels, air quality, carbon dioxide, etc. and feed the data into an algorithm that calculates the tree’s real time growth based on these data points, visualizing the growth rate in various patterns on a circular screen.