Gallery: ECO ART: Want to Hug a Tree? Get in line!


Gathering branches surrounding a tree, artists Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo use the organic material to create wicker-people that embrace the tree. That’s right, these figures are literally, tree huggers. Rather than something out of a sixties, however, the sculptures tend to resemble people from a timeless international population. At the recent 2008 UN Conference on Climate Change in Poland, visitors could stand in line with several wicker-people in an exhibit entitled “Lonely Tree, Lonely People” — all waiting for its chance to show some limb-y love to the symbolically lone tree. Though its creators are based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Tree Hugger Project has a population that spans the globe.

Other woven figures have appeared to give some lovin’ in Missouri, England and Austria — all of them relentlessly wrapped around a trunk.  At its core, the project is meant to induce a kind of whimsy, hey-look- at-that effect, while reminding us of our connection to nature. It invites participation in the tree-hugger stereotype. That is, to look at trees with big heart-shaped eyes, and thank the planet for their existence. Even if you’re not wearing tie-dye.

+ TreeHugger Project

+ In Brooklyn, New York from 9.1.2008 to 8.1.2009


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  1. cityhomegirl February 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    This is brilliant!

    I found an article about screening for green. Making companies document every resource used in their products. It’s great.

  2. kmn1 February 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    These are great ideas!

  3. nmarasco February 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I love this work! So fun and thoughtful…and natural. Everyone should hug a tree every now and then.

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