Growing Ieva left Meadowland – the nursery to explore Aluna the planet. Now we are entering the fields of Diversity right at the edge of the Forest of Aluna. We already have seen migrating trees also on their way to the Forest. Four trees will stand out. They are emotional trees and are taking the shapes of surrounding emotions. Togetherness will mostly emerge. Each tree will reflect the emotions of a different community. This togetherness is perhaps not as easy as the word may suggest.
Exploration of our emotions in this togetherness will be symbolised in those 4 trees slowly growing and emerging.
Open air installation in South London, Carroun Road, SW8.
TREE ONE OF FOUR
Hicservicus Tree or The “Here to Serve” Tree
This tree is growing in honour of the global scientific community. It is still growing and will continue growing throughout this summer. Green and Yellow for the moment but also orange and red soon to signify that no matter what level of risks and challenges the global scientific community is faced with, they are here, We are here to serve Humanity.
Science is more than just theories or numbers… it is a way of life. With Science we can live better and smarter, if we chose to use it as such. Science is here to serve the common good, responsibly and sustainably and to remind those that are not. This tree is a beacon of hope, courage and thirst for life. This tree is for, and is, the global scientific community shinning and serving our way of life. Here to serve.
material used for the crown: tip racks used by heart and lung scientists at Univeristy College London (UCL). UCL Respiratory is a laboratory involved in COVID-19 research as well as lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses.
Tronc: ironing board legs, pallet wood and white buckets from the Kennington Park Cafe.
TREE TWO OF FOUR
Cells on a stick - The Communities Tree
We all belong to a community,
A tribe or a club.
Communities begin small,
Some begin bigger.
Some communities are formed over a long time.
Some others are just forming.
Most communities are however in constant flux
Members come and go.
My community is Vauxhall-Oval.
I came by boat to these shores.
You may have too.
Some others may have come by air.
Now they also come from under the ground.
But together we ARE the community of Vauxhall-Oval.
Whether we feel we belong or not.
A very long time ago,
In a different story,
You may not remember
But our bodies do.
A small community came together
A cell was born.
And out of the waters
We came to shore.
Like WE came together,
Cells gathered to form more and more complex organisms.
Diversity was key to this success.
Diverse are also the communities around the world.
This is what it means to be human.
Diversity is part of us. It is us.
We are actually more microbe than human
So the scientists say.
The community spirit starts with us
For a long time,
I did not know my neighbours,
Work took that away from me.
But I made some changes.
I joined tribes;
The community choir,
Friends of Kennington park,
My local church
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Now, I know some neighbours
And they know me.
When I walk in the street
We say hello
It is good to be
Where neighbours know your name.
I feel that I belong
I feel home.