MAAILMAN ONNELLISIN PUU
(The Happiest Tree In The World)
Together with Aino Louhi
Yarn, height approx. 730 cm, Oranki Art, Pello, Finland
This art piece was awarded as the Environmental Art Piece Of the Year 2008 by the Finnish Environmental Art Foundation.
With this piece me and Aino wanted to think about the individuality of trees. If we would mark a tree by giving it a knitted cover, would it be more prone to be saved from cutting down? Would all trees need to be individualized to save a whole forest?
Interesting enough the forest where this tree stood was actually cut down years later and this tree was the only one saved. So I guess in this case it did work.