August 13, 2007

9. Lisa Kaftori (Israel)

The Dragonfly's Eye
Herz- und Kreislaufzentrum Rotenburg
the dragonfly’s eye is designed to generate resonant poetic dialogues with nature and about symbiotic relationships between human beings and the natural world. In 1954 Rachel Carson said, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.? Sustainability has to do with connectedness, with how we see and understand the world in which we live.

the dragonfly’s eye consists of a series of poetic interventions including:
A sequence of tree markers (the type of markers used to name and classify trees in botanic gardens) placed on trees in the area. Instead of botanical information the tree markers are engraved with poetic words thoughts, and language. Viewed alone or in combinations the words on the tree markers are intended to plant seeds of awareness. They may draw the viewer’s attention to the beauty of a specific tree or to the magic of the natural world in general.

A sustainability tree – a newly planted oak tree surrounded by basalt stones. In my iconography trees represent memory, connection and sustainability; stones symbolize permanence, remembering, and wisdom. The planting of the oak tree is also a homage to Joseph Beuys, his ideas of social sculpture, and specifically to his project 7000 Oaks. It is my hope that the sustainability tree and the stones that encircle it will come to be viewed as a sacred, inspirational space where people can take time to place their thoughts on peace and sustainability or where they can relax and simply be.

An international tree planting action – on August 13, 2007, sustainability trees were planted simultaneously in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungry, Israel, Mauritius, Russia, Spain and the United States.

And a performance - viewers were invited to help plant the sustainability tree in Germany and then to join in: a circle of words, an interactive performance gathering, offering participants an opportunity to exchange stories, poems, songs, and ideas, about connections with nature.

Special thanks to: Klaus Adamaschek and the Educational Centre for Environmental Issues and Sustainability, in Licherode, curators Dorit Croissier, and Anke Mellin, Dr. Stefan Wild and the Herz-und Kreislaufzentrum, Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, Dorrie Powell for allowing me to use excerpts of her poem wind song, artist Joan Giroux, and the many others who helped me realize my work for NaturKunst Forum 2007.

Lisa Kaftori and assistant jiSue Choi. (image Angelica)