The Atomic Tree

The Atomic Tree, 2019, A Virtual Reality Experience By Adam Loften + Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Narrated By Peter Coyote, Adapted From The Book: The Song Of Trees By David Haskell.

For The Love Of Trees. The Atomic Tree is a journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world ~a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed and survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima. From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, this VR experience explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

The Songs Of Trees By David Haskell, 2017.

David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Here, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring  connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to trees in cities ~from Manhattan to Jerusalem, forests ~Amazonian, North American, and boreal, and areas on the front lines of environmental change ~eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones. In each place he shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.

Scientific, lyrical, and contemplative, Haskell reveals the biological connections that underpin all life.  In a world beset by barriers, he reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence. Both a love song to trees, an exploration of their biology, and a philosophical analysis of the role they play in human history and in modern culture.