Accepting Impermanence

Cut into nine junks, hollowed out, given an anti-decay treatment and re-mounted on a carbon spine with plastic replica of it’s original branches, the lone surviving pine tree out of 70 000 of the Takata Matsubara forest in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture shall now be ‘preserved’.

treeFor some of my friends and colleagues in Japan this ‘miracle pine tree’ was an important symbol of hope, after the tsunami hit the shores of Fukushima prefecture.

For what will it’s zombie-fied remains stand in the future? Maybe it can become a symbol of our hopeless attempts to fight impermanence by technical means, eventually destroying what as well could be left to the cycle of birth and death, creation and decay.

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