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ECO ART: Want to Hug a Tree? Get in line!
Posted By Moe Beitiks On February 7, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Art,New York City | 3 Comments
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.
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 Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo: http://www.treehuggerproject.com/artists.html
 2008 UN Conference on Climate Change: http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_14/items/4481.php
 Tree Hugger Project: http://www.treehuggerproject.com/
 + In Brooklyn, New York from 9.1.2008 to 8.1.2009 : http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/attractions/public_art/pa_temporary_exhibits.html
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