|Picture from last years post 'Grow our own chairs for national tree week'|
This is precisely what British artist Tim Knowles did back in 2005 when he started his series of art pieces, simply called ‘Tree Drawings’ Tim’s idea was to create a series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree is then recorded on paper. Like signatures, each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.
All of his works rely on the logic of cause and effect, as a map of time and a record of actions governed entirely by chance.
|Tree Drawing - Weeping Willow on circular panel [100 pen] 2005|
|Larch on Easel #1 2006|
|Scots Pine on Easel #1 2006|
Similar projects by Knowles include his Vehicle Motion Drawings, where he constructed an apparatus to capture the motion of a car being driven, all the turns, stops, and starts of the vehicle move the pen over the paper. Another is his postal projects, which capture the motion of packages sent through the postal system, using both drawings and photography.
|Greek Pine on easel #1 2005|
I think my favorite work of his is titled ‘Nightwalk - Valley of Rocks’.Nightwalks are a series of illuminated walks that Knowles created in the countryside during a new moon (to ensure complete darkness).
|One of Tim Knowles contraptions|
|Nightwalk - Valley of Rocks 2008|
So it's still National Tree Week for a few days and there are still a number of events on this weekend right around the country. To find out what in happening in your area, follow the tree council of Ireland link http://treecouncil.ie/
2011 also happens to be the International Year Of The Forest. You can find out more about this here http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/