Song of the Trees
©Stuart Williams 2023. All Rights Reserved.
Marin Art & Garden Center
Ross, California
An Immersive Environmental Art Installation: Numerous specimen trees across the garden come to life with gentle waves of up lighting that slowly rise and fall in luminance. The fluid pacing of the variation in brightness is suggestive of relaxed breathing. In unpredictable and ever changing combinations, some of the most magnificent trees in the garden are animated and revealed in ways never before seen.
An audio component enhances the visual experience with an abstract composition of the sound of flowing water (the life blood of trees) artfully blended with deeply resonant low register sounds… like a vibrant leisurely chord as a cellist draws her bow across the strings, and the deep vocal tones of a bass opera singer. The audio score is being produced in collaboration with a noted musician and composer who holds a faculty position at New York's New School College of Performing Arts. The intent of the audio is to help evoke a Zen-like calmness, and a sense of wonder at the grandeur of nature. Visitors are invited to walk into, through and around this immersive, multi-acre environmental art installation… 
a three-dimensional, visual and audio experience enveloping and engaging the viewer… fluid and ever changing…
with every vantage point being uniquely different.
Logistics: State-of-the-art, outdoor-rated computer-controlled LED lamp fixtures are mounted (out of reach and facing upward) in low branches of approximately 15-20 specimen trees. Small in size and fully programmable, the lamps are able to project a vivid dispersed beam of white or colored light in smoothly fluid levels of brightness. The lamp fixtures are black, making them visually unobtrusive. A laptop-size digital controller device — housed in a waterproof power-accessible location — runs the lighting program which orchestrates the precise sequencing, colors and pacing of the entire lighting array. 
The lighting program is being created by the artist who is composing a detailed visual score, which in turn is digitally transferred to the controller device. The sophisticated lighting system being utilized in this project has been employed by the artist in some of his other installations in both Europe and the United States. It is a highly reliable and time-tested system by Philips Color Kinetics.
View a short video (1:29 mins.) approximating the look of Song of The Trees, along with a portion of the original audio component of this art installation.
Gentle waves of light
rise and fall
on numerous trees
the garden’s grounds
always changing
over there
over here
all around
near and far
a visual symphony
suggesting breathing
the rhythm of life
paying homage
to trees
as living beings
deep and resonant
of the earth
of flowing water
the essence of life
the life blood of trees
of all life
on Earth
– Stuart Williams
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