Topic: Being aware of the trees that sorround us
After seeing this post on Instagram, I realized the absurdity of constantly using wood as a material and at the same time being unaware of trees as organisms with a huge variety of different species. We sit next to a tree and usually aren’t able to tell which kind of tree it is. When we see a car approaching us, we can tell which brand it is from a distance of 100 meters.
I’m still not sure in which direction to go so I explored a couple of ideas.
Idea No.1: Being aware of the surrounding trees by sitting on their bark
We are constantly surrounded by wood in a variety of forms. In many cases it is heavily processed and isn’t really recognizable as an organic material anymore.
Therefore the idea is to give park benches a new surface: bark of the same species of trees, that surround the bench. This way you can sit down on it and feel the structure of the bark.
Though the concept might be stronger, of I’d use the bark of the wood that the bench was made of, there are a couple of problems that come along with this approach.
First, I have to admit: I probably won’t be able to figure out which wood was being used for the bench
Second: I’d like to person sitting down to connect the bark with a living tree. That might be easier if there’s the same tree in his view
Mapping the trees of an area and building a three dimensional map with the bark of the different species
The map gives a haptic experiences of the environment and lets us experience the trees from a different perspective
Short experiment: Bark as the metaphorical packaging of wood
Short experiment: Fixing
Final idea: Bringing back the bark into everyday objects
Both of the short experiments above lead me to this concept. I examined which items I used in one day and later threw away. All of those who contained a more or less processed form of wood got back some of their bark. This way, I’m able to feel the original material, a living tree.