“Whispering to trees is like speaking another language.
In that language the quiet, stillness and intangible connection of being is written as Love.” Samantha Bews (contributor)
"Dear Tree" is a listening experience - a collection of people's responses to trees, acknowledging and contemplating the position of nature within our lives. Originally designed to be enjoyed by groups at festivals while lying under a tree and listening in headphones, this project has now been adapted for these pandemic times.
Below are the first two "Dear Tree" soundtracks created in 2020. They feature short audio recordings of people talking to a special tree in their life. Click on the orange play buttons to listen.
IDEALLY LISTENED TO IN HEADPHONES WHILE LYING UNDER A TREE!
LISTEN TO THE FIRST "DEAR TREE" SOUNDTRACK (APRIL 2020) BY CLICKING ON THE ORANGE PLAY BUTTON BELOW
LISTEN TO "DEAR TREE PENRITH" - PENRITH COUNCIL'S 'MAGNETIC PLACES' PARTICIPATORY ARTS PROGRAM (OCT2020)
"Dear Tree" is dedicated to all the trees I have ever known and celebrates the importance and essential role of nature in our lives. This project is inspired by many things around me including the City of Melbourne's "Urban Forest Visual project" in 2013 which gave over 6,000 trees in the CBD individual IDs and email address inviting people to report any damage or problem. But instead, people took this as an opportunity to write emails directly to the trees, resulting in thousands of love letters! I love that!