Silent Spring, an immersive environmental installation, explores humanity’s connection to the environment through a journey that is both an expedition and a contemplation.
Rows of prehistoric-sized Princess Tree leaves (Paulownia tomentosa) frame an ethereal leaf labyrinth. These leaves, classified as an invasive species of weeds, are typically found in soils hurt by construction or fire and frequently located in pavement cracks or by powerlines at the road’s edge. They grow 15 feet/year until smothering the canopy. All leaves were sourced from the local region.
In Japan, it's customary to plant a Princess Tree when a girl is born. When she is eligible for marriage, the tree is cut down and carved for her dowry. Women and nature, around the world, are interconnected and tied to issues of claim, commodity, and climate change.
Silent Spring: Site Specific installation
Steel, Steel I-Beams, locally sourced Princess Tree leaves, 30'x25'x15'
Sound by Clint Sleeper and Chris Bentley
Silent Spring Performance Art
As part of the Silent Spring installation and through support from a grant from The Puffin Foundation, a public performance was based on the space and themes of the installation. These stills highlight the movements performed inside the installation..