Oak Tree, 2012
The project has several objectives: to work with aesthetic consequences in an emotionally challenging set-up; to explore the consequences over time of deliberately provoked localised climate change, and to explore the concept of the Anthropocene.
In early March 2012, a twelve-metre tall oak tree in a secret location in the centre of Jutland is entirely wrapped up in various kinds of canvas, tied in place with string, tape and strips. These restrictions make tree unable to break into leaf along with the other trees when spring arrives. As a result, the tree has become provocatively absurd in its context, alienating and meaningless. When spring arrives, shoots and leaves nevertheless still poke out through the bindings where possible, and by mid-July the tree has put forth some long, new branches on which huge oak leaves grow. Compared to a neighbouring oak of the same species, the leaves are up to three times bigger. It would appear that from March to July, the oak has changed its growth strategy. Initiated in collaboration with Australian artist Bjorn Godwin, the project served several purposes: to work with aesthetic consequences in an emotionally challenging set-up; to explore the consequences over time of deliberated provoked localised climate change, and to explore the concept of the Anthropocene.