Richard Orjis | Walking in Trees
Wilde Projects presents "Walking in Trees", an outdoor art project connecting urban dwellers with the natural world around them. From 31 August to 15 September 2019, a specially constructed scaffolding staircase enables Aucklanders to walk, sit and relax in the magical sub-canopy of a majestic Himalayan cedar tree in Albert Park.
The inaugural "Walking in Trees" project in 2014 attracted 5,000 visitors in just ten days through a Moreton Bay Fig Tree in the park. In 2019 the project will illuminate Albert Park’s fascinating history. Built on the remnants of an ancient volcano, a pā site and military barracks, and located above 3.5 km of underground tunnels, the park has also played host to music festivals, graduation celebrations and significant antiwar, queer, feminist and land protests.
“French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that genuine philosophy is about re-learning the way we see the world, and in a similar way this project provokes a similar desire”, says contributing artist RICHARD ORJIS.
"Walking in Trees" asks such questions as: How might we build cities in alternative ways? What histories are seen and unseen? What forms of collectives are now needed? How can collectives cross borders and encompass sameness and difference with other humans, plants and animals? "Walking in Trees" creates an opportunity for its audience to explore the city from a new perspective, and along with the sculptural installation, to engage with free talks and workshops that explore creativity, ecology and local histories.
WHERE: Albert Park, 33-43 Princes Street, Auckland Central
WHEN: Saturday 31 st August – Sunday 15 th September 2019
EVENT WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Wilde-Projects