“A Forest for the Trees” is an exciting new exhibition that can be found right outside of DTLA in Boyle Heights. As soon as you step into its space, you are transported to a rich mystical forest that is bound to change the way you navigate through the world and honor nature.
One might ask, “Why trees?” Well, the answer lies in our reality. Forests are one of the world’s most vulnerable geographies, and every day they are being destroyed in the name of mass production. This is incredibly harmful as forests regulate the world’s oxygen and carbon cycles, impacting our overall atmosphere. Without forests, without trees—there is no us. Japanese-American artist Glenn Kaino wants to remind us of that.
“We can help save them and our future.” shared Kaino on Instagram. “It all starts with learning from the magical stories of our past. We’ve spent the last year with a team of artists, musicians, and tribal leaders, building a forest of illusions to help bring this story to life.”
Kaino created and directed this art show in collaboration with composer David Sitek, producer Laundi Keepseagle, incredible artists Kirill Yeretsky and Shizu Saldamando, tribal consultant Bill Trip along with many others. The journey through this experience involves music with animatronic performing trees, interactive sculptures that activate with your own hands, vibrant light shows, wildlife scenes, and so much more incredible artistry.
While moving throughout this immersive art show, you will learn about the conservation of trees, the significance of forests both past and present, Native Karuk Tribe practices, and more. According to their site, “A Forest For The Trees is built around a commitment to meaningful sustainability, upholding that promise by sourcing materials ethically, collaborating with local urban-wood-recycling organizations, and giving surrounding communities a voice in the show.”
You are guaranteed to leave this surreal exhibit with a newfound sense of knowledge and appreciation of nature. Through its engaging and spectacular installations, “A Forest for the Trees” reveals a better world is possible—if we put in the work to protect it.
How To Get Tickets
This exhibit ends on July 10, and for every ticket purchased, a tree will be planted as part of Master Card’s promise to plant 100 million trees. Entry tickets range from $10 to $50. The prices vary on the date and ticket type. Each date offers tickets for adults, children (ages 6-14), and VIP options. VIP ticket perks include an exclusive line, access to the VIP room, and a limited-edition poster. Mastercard cardholders also receive benefits that include 10% off tickets and more. For more information and tickets, visit the “A Forest For The Trees” site.
Location: 516 S Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90033