Is Tree Graffiti the Next Tree Yarn Bombing?

© ZonenKinder Collective

I’m not a fan of yarn bombing trees. I just don’t get it. Trees are beautiful enough without having to dress them up like Rainbow Brite. I am, however, always seeing faces and shapes in trees. This is why The Tree Project by the Zonenkinder Collective has captured my imagination.

© ZONENKINDER Collective

Since 2006 The Tree Project has involved painting facial expressions to personalize trees. The aim of the ongoing art project is to highlight our often destructive and indifferent interaction with the environment.

© ZONENKINDER Collective

© ZONENKINDER Collective

These painted tree were found throughout the German town of Bochum during the n.a.t.u.r Festival. The following are examples of The Tree Project found on the ZONENKINDER Collective website.

© ZONENKINDER Collective

© ZONENKINDER Collective

© ZONENKINDER Collective

The phenomenon of seeing shapes, faces, and animals in random patterns is called pareidolia. It is hypothesized that it's an evolutionary survival technique that's "hard-wired" into us so we can identify the human face and facial expressions.

How much more respectful of trees would we be if we could all see the faces and personalities in tree?

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Tags: Artists | Biodiversity | Forestry | Germany