"My fundamental question I think is quite simply ... why do trees look the way they do?"
-- Natalie Jeremijenko
One of the hottest topics in modern science is genetic cloning. In this episode of "Art Meets Nature," Spark trails along with artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko as she moves forward with her ambitious project, "OneTree(s)," a combination of art, science and nature.
A long-term project, "OneTree(s)" is a citywide enviro-social sculpture that encourages individual action and community dialogue around contemporary environmental issues. In partnership with Pond, 100 pairs of cloned trees will continue to be planted at locations throughout San Francisco. Over many decades, Jeremijenko expects these genetically identical trees to exhibit patterns of cultural and climactic differences between their locations, painting a vast portrait of the city.
In crossing the boundaries of science, engineering and art, Jeremijenko explores the material culture that surrounds our everyday lives. Using many ideas and methods drawn from science, she experiments with digital, electromechanical and interactive systems in her art installations. In paying attention to particular details in material objects, or what Jeremijenko likes to call "everydayness," she hopes to inspire audiences to notice and understand the subtle, yet profound truths about life in a technological age.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
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