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If Trees Could Sing...
IDEA BY: Marina Pinto Miller LOCATION: Canada CATEGORY: Education

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If Trees Could Sing...
IDEA BY: Marina Pinto Miller
LOCATION: Canada
CATEGORY: Education

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Ever thought that silence is merely sound beyond the reach of our senses? What if we could translate this silence into a language that would allow trees to tell us who they are?

I believe that trees are one of the most important keys to sustaining life on the planet. Forests exert a stabilizing effect on climate and environment when planted, nurtured and protected in sufficient numbers. One of the challenges we face is that people do not see trees for what they truly are - as living beings with an intelligence far beyond what we know, and - as our kin. We humans share a full 50% of our DNA with trees! Scientists are just beginning to understand how trees communicate through chemical signaling and perhaps also unraveling their genomes. I am an artist who sees and paints sound patterns and music. I would like to partner with a scientist who can translate the chemical signature pattern or genome of a tree(s) into sound so that I can paint the sound essence. The paintings and the astonishing reality of “tree songs” could then be introduced to young children (and their families and communities) all over the world to reinforce the child’s innate love and respect for all life forms. Ideally, this project would complement/be part of an extensive curriculum that promotes practical learning, planting and cultivation of trees and plants in the right environments! See attached art sample: (Image comes from music by Dvorak, Symphony #8 – 2nd mov’t) Here is the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOv6ZWxkpQ0 My online art references include: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-pinto-miller-ph-d-250ba825/ https://www.youtube.com/user/marinasoundtreasures http://www.saatchiart.com/marinapintomiller My tree references (Books): The Man Who Planted Trees – Jim Robbins (with indices) The Global Forest – Diana Beresford-Kroeger The Miracle of Trees – Olavi Huikari Trees on Ted Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tedspread https://www.ted.com/talks/shubhendu_sharma_how_to_grow_a_forest_in_your_backyard?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tedsprea