THIS PROJECT IS A PROUD PROMOTER OF SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT & SOLIDARITY

FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE PHYSICALLY ISOLATING DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.






WANTED







Short spoken word pieces starting with the words “Dear Tree”.





All audio received will be thoughtfully woven


with field recordings of trees and natural environments


to create calm, delicate listening experiences.







Designed to be listened to in headphones


while lying under a favourite tree.





If you have no access to a tree in your current environment,


this project aims to provide you with


a connection to the natural world.




HOW TO PARTICIPATE


STEP 1: Go outside to a tree (in your backyard or beyond).*


STEP 2: Lie under the tree friend, looking up (or sitting with a view of the tree is also fine)


STEP 3: Press record on your phone or recording device


STEP 4: Starting with the words “Dear tree” record a short piece of anything you would like to say to the tree…


anything about what you are seeing, feeling, hearing, experiencing in this moment with the tree. Try to speak clearly.


Recordings should be maximum 30 secs.


STEP 5: Listen back to the recording to check that all words are easily audible


STEP 6: Send your recording to: roseturtle@gmail.com or through Messenger: Rose Turtle Ertler


If English is not your first language, you are welcome to speak in your language


either with or without an English translated version.
 

*If you have no trees in the environment around you, just imagine a tree you have previously met.



ALL CONTRIBUTORS WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN


THE FINAL AUDIO CREATIONS ARE


FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE.



"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!