Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Contemporary Landscape: Carol Lee of Paper Magazine and Blogger, Katy Hamer on Tree Project exhibition

Hiroshi Sunairi's botanical show featuring installation and photographs is going to be wistful and uplifting. He has collected seeds of Hibaku trees, which are indigenous to Hiroshima and survived the bombings, distributed them to nearly 400 people around the world and kept up on their progress.

Hiroshi asked me to participate in the Tree Project and I've been growing a Roundleaf Holly, which is the only one to have sprouted in the project! The plant (although teeny tiny) will be on view along with the other trees. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New York: Ann Eastman had Chinese Parasol Tree sprouted!

iPhone pictures by Ann Eastman!!

"Hi Hiroshi, Congratulations! I wish I could make it to this but we are leaving for japan on dec 8. Actually, I've been meaning to write to you...I finally was able to make one of my seeds sprout...good luck with your show. We will be in Japan for about 5 months...I have a very reliable housesitter who will look after my tree sprout during that time!


---Congrats, Ann!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cynthia Tisue's adventure with Sendan: Giving her one of Sendan seedlings to a woman who worked on Manhattan Project

Cynthia Tisue with her husband

Rita Burdette received Hibaku Sendan tree from Cynthia Tisue. What a profound moment.

Michele Quan's Persimmon Tree photos

Michele Quan's poetic photo documentations of her Persimmon tree! Take a look at full archives at http://gallery.me.com/quanm#100219

Maggie Feuchter's Persimmon Tree in "You + Me = Tree!"

Maggie Feuchter, a NYC participant of Tree Project took a poetic walk with her persimmon tree.
"I took my tree out in the neighborhood this Sunday"
---Maggie Feuchter

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The story of my Hibaku Chinese Parasol Tree in Hiroshima: Now it is planted in the park of Hiroshima

This Chinese Parasol Tree seedling was given to Mr. Yuso Takesawa.

The Parasol Tree with Mr. Yuso Takesawa.

Temporarily, the Parasol Tree stayed in Mr. Takesawa's friend's place.

Now Mr. Takesawa got a permission from the city of Hiroshima to plant Hibaku Chinese Parasol Tree in Fukuromachi Kouen (park) in central Hiroshima. Mr. Takesawa (the third person from left) planted Parasol seedling along with Mr. Ishimaru (left), Ms. Kimie Sakaki (2nd left) and Mr. Takesawa's wife.


"Mr. Sunairi, this is our ceremony of planting Hibaku Chinese Parasol seedling. He (the tree) is independent now. I hope he will grow healthy!"


"Mr. Takesawa, Thank you for such a warm ceremony. The seedling look very good planted on the ground. I will send my healthy wish for the seedling from New York."

UTNE READER Choose Hiroshi Sunairi as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World"

Hiroshi Sunairi: Founder, Tree Project

Utne Reader visionary
November-December 2009
by Staff, Utne Reader

Taking seeds from trees that survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast, this artist-cum-entrepreneur has encouraged people to plant them all over the world. By creating beauty from devastation, the creator cultivates peace.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tautsuo Miyajima's Kaki Tree Project

An artist, Tatsuo Miyajima has been conducting a project, Kaki Tree Project. Kaki Tree Project is similar to my Tree Project by planting the seedlings of Persimmon (Kaki) to different places of the world. These Kaki Trees are grown from the seeds that survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. His project holds events such as public planting ceremonies with singing and dances and often works with institutions, NPOs, parks and schools.

In that way, Miyajima's Kaki Tree Project is different from my Tree Project since I distribute seeds to individuals for their pleasure of growing trees. Take a look at Kaki Tree Project site. It is very beautiful.


Tree Project in a group exhibition, THE DROP, Urban Art Infill: 2012+

I will be a group exhibition with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and more. I will show Tree Project documentations, my Hibaku Japanese Hackberry seedling and Hibaku persimmon seedling. I hope to see you guys there.
For immediate release: contact: alex@thedropnyc.org

Exhibition Title:

Date: Opening and Arts Festival: Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
From Noon-5PM
The special exhibition 2012+ will be open through October 17, 2009.

4th Floor Gallery
521 W. 25th Street
Between 10th and 11th Aves
New York, NY

The Drop: Urban Art Infill presents the special exhibition 2012+ curated by Alexandra Chang and Mie Iwatsuki. The title is partly coined from the Mayan calendar, indicating an upcoming shift from one phase of life to something new about to take shape. As the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, a certain sense of impending urgency is represented by this number when coupled with the current global realities of climate change. And what is felt locally and individually can potently highlight our participation within a global society. Yet the symbol "+" is also a call to contemplate and seek possibilities to envision what can be.

The 2012+ exhibition investigates the relationship of the urban-based artist and city dweller to their environs, from the city, to how they situate themselves in relationship to the environment on a global level. Each artist presented in the show contemplates their link to their notion of the environment in a unique way. By including both urban space as well as the natural environment within this realm, these artists take into account a point of view specific to the city dweller.

Some art may take on the urgency of a last warning, or contemplation of the politics that results in dystopias of environmental and societal disaster. Some may seek to present elements of harmony, an ideal state of nature, and coexistence, ushering in ideas of optimism or a possible utopia. While others may be meditative on the closeness or elusiveness of these ideas in everyday urban existence.
The special exhibition 2012+ is situated within the frameworks of the daylong art festival THE DROP: URBAN ART INFILL, a series of planned indoor and outdoor art projects, including the best in New York’s independent music, fashion, art and design, creating dialogue in the New York community about our relationship to art, the city and the greater global environment.

Artists participating in the 2012+ exhibition are:
Yoko Ono
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Paul D. Miller
Mamoru Oshii
ON Megumi Akiyoshi
John Ahearn
Rainer Ganahl
Luis Mallo
Chen Ching-Yao
Ali Hossaini
Mikael Levin
Jing Ai
Nayia Frangouli
Raquel Rabinovich
Julian Montague
Julia Chiang
Mary Ting
Adrian Kondratowicz
Peter Garfield
Sungmi Lee
Robert Peretti
Mimmo Roselli
Seth Carnes
Manuel Acevedo
Fred Fleisher and Marguerite Day
Saya Woolfalk
Zhou Yi
Hiroshi Sunairi
Ula Einstein
Midori Harima

Here are some documentations of Tree Project Installation on the Opening day, Oct 3, 2009

By the window, there were Persimmon seedlings of Marylin Silverman and Maggie Feuchter.

Tree Project texts, my Japanese Hackberry and Persimmon seedlings.
On the back wall, I hung a poster of Tree Project.

Tree Project Poster

Friday, September 25, 2009

New York: Del Feldman's Persimmon sprouted and it is now so big and healthy!

Del with newly planted pots on May 12th at "Eat Clay or Die" exhibition curated by Susannah Tisue and Michele Quan in May at Greenwich House Pottery.

June 2009

Sep 2009

"Congratulations, Del! You really got it going!!

Spain: Blanca de la Torre’s Hibaku Sendan has bloomed

Hiroshi, one of your trees has bloomed!!!!! :) -Blanca de la Torre