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​王颖 & 蔡滨荟
105mm × 200mm

8 页




“Counting Trees”

​yingwang & Binhui Cai
105mm × 200mm

8 pages

In this book, we embark on the exploration of the dynamic interactions between humans and trees in an urban environment, beginning with the anthropomorphization of a single tree. Throughout the pages, we maintain a third-person observational perspective, employing a three-dimensional framing to bring to life the subtle exchanges and engagements unfolding between people and trees.

Often overlooked, the presence of trees in the city becomes apparent when we actively seek their shelter for relaxation or set up hammocks. Our project is threaded together by community strolls, where, during sunny winter days, the trees within the community are adorned with vibrant sheets belonging to residents. Along these strolling paths, we encounter myriad instances of everyday interactions between humans and trees.

Trees lining the streets find themselves encased within concrete-framed boxes, surrounded by a variety of vegetables planted by residents. In these confined spaces, a unique companionship flourishes. Some roadside trees find companionship with bicycles, others intertwine with laundry poles, are draped with sausages, embraced by children, their branches serving as makeshift supports, and their trunks pretending to be the backrests of humans. These whimsical and often unnoticed interactions are subtly woven into the fabric of the city.

As trees appear motionless, they assume the role of the seemingly "passive" participant in the interaction. In winter, they undergo extensive pruning, with some being stripped bare of branches. It creates an illusion that humans dictate their planting locations, growth environments, and even physiological cycles. However, come spring, the trees rapidly sprout new buds, reclaiming their lush and vibrant appearance. Although seemingly motionless, trees demonstrate a remarkable adaptability, cleverly "utilizing" their surroundings in the most suitable manner for their growth. Hence, while we might perceive them as "passive," trees may well view humans as exerting a somewhat misguided influence on their existence.

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