At 17m long, TREE is London’s Natural History Museum’s largest botanical specimen. It is a wafer-thin shaving through the entire 200 year old tree from roots to branch tips. The video shows Tania Kovats’ journey through finding the tree, deciding how to bring it down, learning how to have it resawn, CNC machined thin, and dried, and the ultimate hanging on the ceiling of the mezzanine gallery behind the Central Hall. Quite some board feet she left behind at the mill. She had never worked in wood before.
Along with the tree installation are a museum-like presentation of its pressed and dried leaves, and samples of lichen, moss, and a collection of insects that were found in and on the living tree.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator