My Lonely Tree.
183 x 152 cm lightjet print
video duration 32m22s. 2010. Sound
„I have fallen in love with a tree in the middle of a giant parking lot in front of the Rose Bowl.
The tree was starved for water and oxygen due to the asphalt that surrounds it (there was a rather small tree pit). The stress from the lack of water and oxygen led to an increase of a variety of pests: anthracnose fungus, lace bugs, powdery mildew… The tree was also in grave danger from the cars that liked to park near it to benefit from its shade. Cars had hit and damaged the trunk, but the cambium had not yet been pierced and the tree still lived. But, it did not live an easy life.
I could not tolerate the outrageous insults that the beautiful tree was forced to endure. So, I decided to adopt the tree and devote myself to improving its life: watering the tree with giant water bags; installing tree guards to protect the tree from cars; and adorning the tree with giant earrings…"
Joel Tauber (excerpt)
courtesy the artist, adamsky gallery and haubrok collection
full details and video trailer → blackflamingo.eu/exhibitions/