OUR GALLERY PRESENTS INSPIRING WORDS AND IMAGES
The Gallery fills up with TREES AND FUNGI
TREES – these exceptional living beings with unexpected faculties and yet widely threatened today.
Oak in Windsor Great Park
Omnipresent, essential to life, the little-known living organisms that are trees have begun to generate a growing interest on behalf of the public, as evidenced by the international success of several recent books and movies devoted to the subject. Underestimated by biologists for a long time—like the entirety of the plant kingdom—in recent years they have been the subject of scientific discoveries that have allowed us to see these organisms in a new light. Interestingly, some of these are amongst the oldest and largest members of this community of living things. Boasting sensory and motor skills, capable of communication, existing in symbiosis with other species and the climate, trees are equipped with unexpected faculties whose discovery confirms what traditional knowledge has long since incorporated. The veil has been lifted on a fascinating world—the world of ‘plant intelligence’—which could be the answer to many of today’s technological and environmental problems.
Local readers of this website are well aware of our good fortune in living near The Windsor Great Park (WGP), part of the Crown Estate. A Royal Park of 5,00 acres, begun in the 11 th Century by William the Conquer. Tended through the centuries by devoted Foresters, so that today the Estate is a centre of best forestry practice.
The images below take us into the lives of trees:-
– Buds, Fungi, Lichen, Roots
– Photos of the 1000 year Oak and other Oaks in Windsor Great Park. SEE HERE – for Ancient Tree Forum visit to Windsor Great Park, Spring 2019
– Trees in Windsor Great Park photographed by the late Steve Searle, who retired as Forest Manager 2012.
Current Exhibitions featuring Trees and Fungi are showing at:-
– ‘Among the Trees’ at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre 4 March – 17 May 2020 – SEE HERE -What’s on
This exhibition brings together artworks that explore our relationships with trees and forests. Drawing on the beauty and visually arresting character of trees – including their complex spatial and architectural forms – the works in this exhibition invites us to consider trees as symbols and living organisms that have helped to shape human civilisation.
– ‘Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi’ at Somerset House 31 Jan – 26 April 2020 – SEE HERE – What’s on
One reason mushrooms are in the zeitgeist is our need to reconnect with nature. We’re living in this moment where life has become so urbanised and technology focused. Another reason is simply that mushrooms are so aesthetically pleasing and people love them. Honestly, I’ve never had a response like this to an exhibition, people are really excited.” – Francesca Gavin, Somerset House Curator
– ‘Trees’ at the Foundation Cartier 12 July 2019 – 5 Jan 2020 – SEE HERE – What’s on
The exhibition explores three narrative threads. Firstly, our knowledge of trees from botany to new plant biology; secondly, aesthetics from naturalistic contemplation to dreamlike transposition; and lastly, trees’ current devastation recounted via documentary observations and pictorial testimonies.