Posts Tagged ‘Trees’

Tree species maps for European forests

December 14, 2011

European Forest Institute – Tree species maps for European forests: useful resource on major tree species down to the 1km level accessible as GIS data.  The UK’s Forestry Commission makes their datasets available (thanks Tim).

Sculpture upsets coal industry

July 23, 2011

Carbon Sink: What goes around, comes around, Chris Drury

Chris Drury, who will be speaking in Ayr in the Autumn, has successfully stirred up a storm in Wyoming, as reported in the Guardian.  He was commissioned by the University to create a work for the campus as part of its evolving public art exhibition organised by the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

The work entitled Carbon Sink: What Goes Around, Comes Around is made from lodgepole pine and coal, and brings with it the pine beetles.  They are all connected in a cycle that is becoming more vicious.

But what’s particularly interesting is that this work has drawn the anger of the coal mining companies and put the University in an awkward position.  Higher Education funding comes into sharp relief when the corporates and the politicians start saying how sad and shocked they are that the University would commission a work that questions the environmental credentials of the coal industry.

The classic line is from a politician, quoted in the Guardian,

“”While I would never tinker with the University of Wyoming budget – I’m a great supporter of the University of Wyoming – every now and then, you have to use these opportunities to educate some of the folks at the University of Wyoming about where their paychecks come from,” Tom Lubnau, one of the state legislators, told the Gillette News-Record.”

Earth First Newswire reports 21 arrested at a sit-in against coal mining

Beehive Collective’s work on the true cost of Coal

Chris Drury isn’t the only artist drawing attention to these issues, but he seems to have hit a nerve.

“By Leaves We Live”: the vital politics and poetics of the tree

June 5, 2011

Jennifer Clarke and Rachel Harkness are convening an excellent session focused on trees, referencing Patrick Geddes’ “By Leaves We Live”, within the Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth.

Abstracts come from all over the world and take trajectories across the topic: religious practice and space; time and trees (both their metaphorical properties and their function as recording devices); private reafforestation and personal redemption; tree burial in Japanese culture; empathic relations with trees, the experience of life and death of trees, Basque politics and trees, orchards in Devon and fields near Stansted.


May 1, 2011

Germaine Greer makes an important point in this article, highlighting the difference between planted woodland and succession woodland, or meadow.  She regrets planting woodland twenty years ago, and she articulates the reasons why the UK Government’s proposed sell off of woodlands might actually have been a good thing.  It is important to distinguish between pine plantations (monocultural and industrial, degrading soil and diminishing diversity) and mixed old growth forests, but the point about the value of meadows as well, is important.

Material Considerations

November 25, 2010

Material Considerations showcases the forest industries and in particular, the current and potential future use of Scottish timber – from tree to paper – specifically highlighting the use of timber as a building material. The exhibition comprises three sections: starting with the forest where trees grow and mature, following on to the production line where the raw timber is turned into products and building materials, and a final area displays case studies and full size samples from recent Scottish buildings that showcase the use of timber in their construction.

Sust. Gallery, Architecture + Design Scotland, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

“TREES are the largest LIVING things on earth…”

August 7, 2010

The next ‘Humanities and Climate Change’ meeting will be at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (The University of Edinburgh, Hope Park Square,

Edinburgh EH8 9NW) on Wednesday, 25 August, 1-2pm.

Tim Collins will discuss his work with Reiko Goto and their approach to the theory and practice that informs Eden3, an artist-led climate change research initiative. He will present their work on “Plein Air: The Ethical, Aesthetic Impulse” a technology informed artist’s easel that reveals the breath of a tree as it reacts to carbon dioxide. He will also present the video “A Tree is a LIVING Thing: (The Schelling-Piper Experiments)”.

Tim Collins is an environmental art researcher, theorist, teacher and practitioner. Working at IASH he has renewed his interest in German aesthetics to better understand ideas of freedom and subjectivity and the intellectual relationship between society and nature. This work informed the development of a book proposal, tentatively titled ‘Art Environment and Aesthetics: Living in a Changing Landscape.’

Ten years of Collins’ and Goto’s previous research (conducted at Carnegie Mellon University) was recently published in two articles of a special issue on ‘Landscape, Cultural Spaces, Ecology.’ in RACAR – The Canadian Art Review, Vol 35, No 1 (2010).

Please let IASH know if you are able to attend (

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