Arborist Andrew Harrison in his tree top office

New Zealand Tree Project

Explore the wonders of a rainforest canopy without leaving town. Stunning photography and film capturing the natural and human history of a New Zealand rainforest.

In 2015, climbers, scientists and photographers spent more than 100 hours, over four weeks, high up in the boughs of giant rimu and kahikatea trees in the Pureora Forest. Using a specially-designed camera rig suspended from the canopy, they captured 120,000 images, 1200 video clips and 28 epic time-lapse sequences of a New Zealand forest.

The centre piece of the exhibition is a 4 metre-high portrait of a 41 metre rimu tree. The result is a never-seen-before, high resolution image from a level viewpoint with no distortion.

The exhibition includes a documentary On the Shoulders of Giants which weaves together the natural and human history of the Pureora Forest with stories of native forest logging, environmental protests, upturned communities and modern-day adventure. 

The New Zealand Tree Project is a film and photography project that shares imagery of majestic trees and native forests from viewpoints that are rarely experienced and aims to ignite interest and action in nature conservation. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and include University of Waikato ecologists.

The New Zealand Tree Project touring exhibition has just closed at Pataka Art + Museum.

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17 February – 18 June 2017
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