Everything Except Walk
True North Festival, Reservoir 2013
Brought to you by Pollen Studio, Jason Maling and Ella Hinkley.
“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to get attention we do, except walk?”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
The trees are speaking to us. They’re speaking in code.They want us to know they’re here. They’re trying to get our attention. They want to be loved. The trees are speaking to us. They’re speaking in code. The trees have something to say. Will you listen? First you must look…
Pollen Studio was invited by the City of Darebin to produce a large-scale site installation fo the inaugural True North Festival in Reservoir. 30 street trees were wrapped overnight with 4.5km’s of hand-dyed rope to provide an instant impact on the first day of the festival. Each tree was wrapped with a unique banded code that related a particular statistic from the local community. A series of encoded calling cards were handed out throughout the festival, so that people could match the code to each tree. This became a game of collecting, matching, and most of all conversing with the trees.
Pollen collaborated with Jason Maling and Ella Hinkley throughout the concept development and installation phases as well as coordinating 15 volunteers on the night of the installation. The meditative process of wrapping the trees was expertly documented by Screaming Eagle Films, backed by the incredible vibes of local musician, Qua.
Volunteers: Xavier Cadorel, Dan Cuttiford, Michelle De Aizpurua, Liezl Hanekom, Elly Russell, Dai Le, Brenda Stafford
Cover photo by Dai Le