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Data Sculpted trees 2008


In 2008 as a Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship artist I developed a project called Data Sculpted Trees. An installation consisting of a life size wooden tree made from local oak logs transformed into spindles using traditional chair making techniques. The structure of this 'virtual' wooden tree was based on research into mathematical models for generating natural recursive forms. An accompanying video/animation presents a range of seemingly disparate research areas, from the antiquated craft of hand turning green wood to why virtual trees look the way they do. The installation explores the tension between the material reality of the local in relation to global communication infrastructures and the elusive space of technology.