“Nature is beautiful because it is full of inherited memories of the engendering and birthing of millions”. (Rilke)
Installation Sizes: 12m, 6 m, 30cm. Material: wood Light Boxes: 40cmx60cmx10cm
For a long period I was searching for a way to visualise the impact of the climate on nature and how time left visible traces. When I had to chop down a tree, a beautiful time document was shown in the annual rings. I started to do research about annual rings. What can they teach us?
By showing the time frames of trees we can go back in time and read them like a history books. Periods of cold and dryness are readable in the annual rings. You can see the age of the tree counting the rings.
If we look at the enormous database of tree annual rings up to 2500 years ago, we see that climate change cohere with political unrest and famine for example. The fact that a tree (annual rings) can tell us so much about the impact of climate towards human society is of big importance especially nowadays.
“Time document of one tree” is an installation, which contains different objects (sculpture, prints and light-boxes). The three-dimensional sculpture contains about 2000 slices of the same tree. These slices are cross sections of one single tree from top to bottom. These slices are photographed bit by bit so the whole tree is in one file. This file is printed on a big role of paper 12×2,80 meter so the tree is visible in an one by one scale. Trough the cross-sections we see the annual rings.
The presentation also contains a different view in how we can see the tree. In the photo sheets series we can actually look through the tree as a Rontgen photo by combining different cross section photo’s of different heights of the tree. In the photo sheets, presented in light boxes, eight parts of the tree are presented. In this way you can see the process of transformation of the tree growing, bending, splitting and sometimes being damage. And seeing the cross section of 27 years growth of one tree.