A site specific, sonic augmented reality encounter with a digital tree sprite that tells tales of the tree’s past, present and future.
The trees of Finsbury Park are very old, and they have been witness to a lot of change and growth. If the trees had a voice, what would they share?
Based on a Tree Story brings to life Furtherfield Gallery’s nearby resident, a London plane tree dubbed the Trunk Triplets Tree, situated in Finsbury park and the soils from which they grew, part of the now-extinct ancient woodland, Hornsey Woods. From the medieval history to sci-fi futures, their stories are told through an augmented reality and audio experience, giving viewers an insight into the past, while arming them with inspiration and knowledge to help protect the trees into the future.
The project activates a digital tree sprite which shares a fable crafted through local research, site visits and discussion with Ricard Zanoli, the Park Ranger.
In this first iteration of the artwork one tree story is presented.
This work was selected in the public vote in August 2021, and further two tree stories and a trail of clues to find them will be revealed this Autumn.