Mother Tree & Friends, 2023

In this installation, a majestic banyan tree in Esplanade Park is transformed into an interactive “Mother Tree” that invites viewers to communicate with an illuminated forest. The installation uses projections, LEDs, and sound to illustrate the importance of older trees to the forest ecosystem. “Friends” – the trees surrounding the mother tree – begin to respond, and the entire forest starts communicating through an underground mycorrhizal network.


Title: Mother Tree and Friends

Year: 2023

Artist: Akiko Yamashita

Location: Esplanade Park and Museum of Discovery & Science

Production: MAD Arts, MAD Lab Studios

Photo: Full Moon Creative


IGNITE Art and Light Festival, January 23-29 2023, Fort Lauderdale, MI