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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,Design,New York City | 3 Comments

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Gathering branches surrounding a tree, artists Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo [2] 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 [3] 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 [4] 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 [4]

+ In Brooklyn, New York from 9.1.2008 to 8.1.2009 [5]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/07/eco-art-tree-hugger-project/

[2] Agnieszka Gradzik and Wiktor Szostalo: http://www.treehuggerproject.com/artists.html

[3] 2008 UN Conference on Climate Change: http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_14/items/4481.php

[4] Tree Hugger Project: http://www.treehuggerproject.com/

[5] + 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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