Ever heard of the philosophical question: ‘If a tree makes music while shedding chestnuts in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ Yes? No? Ok then. Last September 17-23 at Berlin’s Monbjoupark, visitors were treated to a unique installation of sight and sound. Surrounding a 100-year old chestnut tree were glowing geometric forms that were covered in taut polymer membranes.
These membranes, when hit – specifically when hit by falling chestnuts – would make an ambient sound. With more and more chestnuts falling from the tree, park goers were treated to magical music performance, reminding them that fall has finally arrived.
The installation was made to promote awareness of the declining tree population in Berlin.