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.
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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!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bekasi, Indonesia: Hery Dian Dwiharto's Chinese Parasol Tree seed sprouted

"Today I was happy because I could see the new body of Hiroshima. I cannot believe that it grew up in front of my house. Now I inform you that your seed has become a nice tree. Hiroshi Sensei domo arigatoo gozaimasita..Gambatte for making our earth safe in the future."

Conguratulations, Hery-san! Arigatou-gozaimasu!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Villanova d'Asti, Italy: Monica Smith and Fiorella Gilli received Chinese Parasol Tree and Round Leaf Holly seeds

"Just got Hibaku seeds from Hiroshi Sunairi Tree project. They are going to be planted at a friend nursery. They will be welcomed and pampered by an enthusiastic family of tree. I attach the link to the nursery of a friend that have reputation in Italy of being able to grow difficoult tree in difficoult soil and climate."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Brantford, Ontario, Canada: Lauren Yakiwchuk's Sendan sprouted!

"Hello! This is Lauren Yakiwchuk writing you from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, how are you? I am very happy that the Sendan seeds that you sent me a few months ago are growing wonderfully! I planted them into an unglazed terracotta pot as you recommended, and within a couple of weeks, they were starting to sprout. Now I have a very cute Sendan plant growing in my own home!"
---Lauren Yakiwchuk
Congrats, Lauren!

Quezon City, Philippines: Kat Kat's Sendan sprouted

"hi! here's how my plants are doing! :D"
---Kat Kat
Congrats, Kat Kat!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The story of my Hibaku seedlings in Hiroshima

Last year, I received 5 Hibaku seedlings from Tree Doctor Riki Horiguchi in Hiroshima, Japan.
They were Japanese Hackberry, 2 Ginkgo and 2 Chinese Parasol Tree seedlings. This summer, 2009, they were grown much bigger and I decided to give them away to various people.

This is Japanese Hackberry tree seedling. This was given to people at the City Museum of Contemporary Art.

This was a Ginkgo Tree seedling. This was planted in a ceramic elephant foot pot that I made. The pot with the Ginkgo was sold to a collector in Tokyo, Japan.

This Ginkgo was to be left at my parents' place.

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.

And the last tall Chinese Parasol Tree seedling was...

planted in a ceramic elephant pot that I made.

Now it is loaned to a collector in Hiroshima, Japan.

New York: Leon's Persimmon seeds sprouted

Leon 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.

Congrats, Leon!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dying Basil 瀕死のバジル

While I was in Japan, my friend, Katsuhiro Saiki took care of watering my plants. I was concerned with Hibaku trees, but my basil (not Hibaku) almost went Katsuhiro explained. He took a such a good care and it was funny and moving, so I decided to post his photo diary of my plants.
こないだ一週間あけて2回目をしにきたら、ちょっと元気がなさそうだったので4日おきくらいにくる事にします。The other day after one week, I came back to water, then the plants didn't look great so I will come every four days.

今日水やりに行ったらバジルがかなりしおれてました。なんかこの鉢の土、水を含みにくい気がします。窓ぎわだとすぐに乾燥しそうなのでしたのだんに移動しました。復帰してくれるのを願います。Today I came to water your plants, then the basil looked soggy. I think the soil in this pot can not hold the moister that long, so I moved the basil where there is indirect sun. I hope it will come alive again.

心配なので見にきたら生きかえってました。よかった。 I was worried when I cam to see, then it was kind of alive again. I was glad.

---Katsuhiro Saiki

Platanus pruning in Hiroshima and Platanus seeds Summer 2009

Three Platanus Trees that survived the atomic bombing at Tenma Elementary School in Hiroshima city, Japan.


Platanus is a small genus of trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are known as planes or plane trees.

They are all large trees to 30–50 m tall, deciduous (except P. kerrii), and are mostly found in riparian or other wetland habitats in the wild, though proving drought-tolerant in cultivation.

This is the famous Hibaku Plantanus Tree which has burned hole. On every Hibaku trees, the city of Hiroshima put signs with the names of the trees as well as some history. It says in Japanese, this Platanus was given to the school for the celebration of graduation in 1931. In 1945, August 6th, by the atomic bomb, the whole elementary school buildings burned down and many children as well as teachers got hurt. This Platanus has a scar from the heat rays that became a hole.The surface of the Platanus Tree which reminds me of the skin of elephants. The discoloration has nothing to do with atomic bomb or radiation. It is characteristic of Platanus Tree.
A Leaf of Platanus.
One hot Summer day 2009, with no school children because of the summer vacation, Tree Dr. Riki Horiguchi starts the pruning. In the picture, Dr. Horiguchi is instructing the pruning from below the tree.

After cutting the branches, they paint liquid medicine so that the cuts heals properly.Pruned branches on the ground.They loaded the truck full of pruned branches and leaves.

Before the pruning
After the pruning.

Now the Platanus tree is feeling good from shedding all the excessive branches. Without pruning, the parts of trees can rot since they can not hold the weight of branches.

Afterwords, on the ground, there were bunches of furry balls.
When you open the furry parts, all the hair has seeds.

Now back in the US, I have Platanus Tree seeds.

Friday, September 4, 2009

New York: Pedro Sanchez & Satomi Nakai's Sendan seeds sprouted

Hi, Hiroshi, How are you ? please find enclosed five pictures of Sendan seed trees sprouted, they are growing fast and very healthy."
---Pedro Sanchez

Congrats, Pedro and Satomi!

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

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