In public places and at events around the world, eye-catching, inspiring environmental art is erected by vounteer artists for the Tree Hugger Project, an organization that aims to help people rediscover their relationship with nature. Made from twigs, branches, sticks, vines and other natural materials, the playful sculptures are conversation starters, meant to be metaphors for the symbiotic relationships between organisms. A kind of political art, the Tree Hugger sculptures raise awareness of the relationships between humanity and the besieged environment. Check out the fascinating photos at www.treehuggerproject.com.
Installations have appeared around the planet, from Nevada to Missouri, Poland, Vienna and England. On the drawing boards are multi-part sculptures for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario, Canada; the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and three large installations will be erected at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December, 2009.
At the installation "Lonely Tree, Lonely People," at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in 2008, hundreds of people lined up behind the figures to try to imagine that there was just one tree left to hug.