Tree Tears

In situ installation in Crete, Greece // 21 May 2020*
35 bioplastic sculptures in various dimensions, 02:55 min. video, 16 pages fanzine.

 

The installation of “Tree tears” was made during the pandemic crisis as a comment to that time current events in the political and environmental agenda in Greece.

On 05.05.2020 during the lockdown, the 2020 Environmental bill was passed in the Greek parliament affecting the current state of the Natura 2000 protected areas. The debatable chapters of this bill were leaving space for easier licensing to renewable energy plans even in Natura zones.

In my work, I focused on the case of Psiloritis mountain in Crete where a big part has been characterized as a special area of conservation and protection under Natura 2000. The main renewable energy licenses given in the region of Psiloritis were about wind power plants.

Through online resources, I compared the Natura 2000 areas and those with licenses for wind power plants given to renewable energy companies and found out that in many cases the traces of those areas were overlapping. The results of the artistic research were presented in a fanzine called Tree Tears.

The project was completed with an in situ installation in a protected natural area in Rethymno close to Psiloritis mountain. 35 bioplastic sculptures in a form of tears were hung in a tree symbolizing the tears of the wild flora of the Cretan landscape. The tears are also referring to the plant resin that many endemic trees secrete when they are responding to an injury.

Bioplastic or biopolymer is a natural polymer derived from plants or other biological materials such as corn, sugarcane, or cassava. Some of the bioplastics can be entirely biodegradable and require less energy to produce than the synthetic polymers from petroleum. This material has been chosen as a biodegradable and ecological alternative to plastic that does not affect the surrounding environment of the installation. The sculptures made with bioplastic will be installed in Rethymno, Crete until fully decomposed and the non-biodegradable material will be collected by the artist.

The final material has occurred through experimentation with existing recipes to better serve the ecological and visual identity of the project.

*The installation took place on 21 of May 2020 ( European Natura 2000 Day).

///// links for the video and the fanzine that accompany the installation. /////

https://vimeo.com/422791732

https://issuu.com/www.minarchon/docs/trasparency_zine_en

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