LA-based artist Glenn Kaino has brought together journalists, tribal leaders, scientists, and other visionaries to create a magical world in Downtown LA that blends art with nature. Encouraging everyone to live in a way that preserves and rebuilds our natural world, “A Forest for the Trees” is an experience like none other.
The 28,000 square feet of “A Forest for the Trees” contains many interactive exhibits, such as fire you can control, a robot you can talk to, music-making trees, and much more. With concerts and a culinary experience from acclaimed local chef, Minh Phan, this exhibit is full of surprises.
Creator Glenn Kaino said of his project: “Intergenerational problems of this magnitude require new thinking and new models about how we bring together traditional ecological knowledge and advanced technology. It is my hope that this show can provide inspiration into how to connect and contribute to some of the most pressing issues of our time, in a dynamic and exciting way that our audience can take home with them.”
“A Forest for the Trees” is as fun as it is stunning, but education is just as important to the minds behind this experience. For example, the fire exhibit comes with an explanation of how the Karuk tribe uses controlled burns to protect the forests of California. There’s plenty more to discover and learn in this show, inspired by The Atlantic’s “Who Owns America’s Wilderness?” series.
Perhaps most important of all, “A Forest for the Trees” actually creates more trees. The show is sponsored by Mastercard, which has promised to plant 100 million trees by 2025. As part of this promise, the event has partnered with Conservation International to plant two trees for every ticket sold to the show. So be inspired, learn a lot, have fun, and as Glenn Kaino hopes, take something home with you from this revolutionary experience.