I thought to share this image with you, of Tania Kovats’ magnificent installation at London’s Natural History Museum. It is made from thin slivers cut through the entire length of a 200 year-old oak.
I must say, I have some reservations about felling such a majestic and venerable tree for this purpose – but who am I to say? The result is certainly food for the soul. (And, more cynically, I am glad she did the politically correct thing when the work was done, and planted a few saplings for the video.)
Kovats’ starting point for the project was Darwin’s tentative drawing in one of his notebooks, of what later became known as the Evolutionary Tree.
Here’s the video of how TREE got made.
… and there is a wealth of further TREE info on the Natural History Museum’s website.