Forest Perception, 2021

If a tree talks in the forest, does anyone listen?

‘Forest Perception — if a tree talks in the forest, does anyone listen?’ projection mapped a giant forest only for one night in the middle of downtown Los Angeles as a part of LUMINEX.

The Story

Yamashita’s grandfather devoted his life to creating forests — he sought a green peaceful future after seeing the burned empty fields from World War II. He emphasized the importance of protecting the roots, planting diverse species next to each other and choosing the native species. Recent studies discovered trees communicate through roots, sharing food and water with each other beyond species, including fungal networks called mycelium. Biodiversity is key for sustainable healthy forests that benefit us in countless ways.


Two opposing ends of the building facade correspond to each other, one side looking up from below the roots network, and the other side looking down from the canopy, offering a unique perspective to absorb the beauty of the forest biosphere living together as one.


Platinum, MUSE Creative Awards, 2023


Title: Forest Perception – if a tree talks in a forest, does anyone listen?

Year: 2021

Artist: Akiko Yamashita

Dimensions: 150ft x 50ft (2 sided, North and South side of the building)

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

Photo: Koury Angelo Photography

Video: Simeon


LUMINEX, April 10 2021, Los Angeles, CA