Tree Talks

Four Seasonal Talks: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Summer 2022

“No tree is an individual; all are communities of organisms changing throughout the life and death of a given tree. A tree is a microcosm of all the kingdoms of life. Know a single tree thoroughly and you know more about life and evolution than any world traveler can ever hope to attain.”
– Gary Lincoff, mycologist 

Tree Talks: Populus tremuloides is an art project that takes the form of a year-long series of events focused on understanding a single tree through a multitude of perspectives. The inaugural year will focus on Populus tremuloides (Quaking Aspen), the most widely distributed tree in North America and Colorado’s only widespread, native, deciduous tree. Once per season (summer, fall, winter, spring) over the course of a calendar year, the public will be invited to gather around a grove of Quaking Aspen at Kenosha Pass. The pass is located in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver and is a popular place for visitors to view the aspen leaves change. Each gathering will feature lectures by a group of experts from wide-ranging fields who will share their knowledge of the tree from their respective discipline, including both scientific and cultural perspectives. Each lecture will be recorded and released at the end of the year via a limited edition artist publication and online archive.

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This project is produced by Black Cube with support by a CRCW grant for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs