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
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