April 11 – 12: Experience the groundbreaking mix of art and science with the botanical garden premiere of One Tree, One Planet, an outdoor, immersive multimedia projection with mobile app integration celebrating the tree of life and the immense network that connects all living things.
The two-story work to be displayed on the front of the Fuqua Conservatory is a collaboration between artist Naziha Mestaoui and scientists Douglas Soltis, Pamela Soltis and Robert Guralnick.
Gates open at 6:30p.m. each night, speakers begin at 8 p.m. with the projection to follow. Tickets for the general public are $15, $10 for Garden members, and $5 for children 3-12, available online and at Garden admissions. Student tickets are $7 and must be purchased onsite (University students must provide valid student ID).
Please download the app before you arrive to ensure ease of downloading.
Go behind the scenes before the event
Explore backstage at the Garden with the rockstar Conservation & Research team which will offer complimentary 20-minute tours of the Conservation Greenhouse and Conservation Garden before One Tree, One Planet. Tours of up to 20 people begin at 6:30 p.m. The last tour begins at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Anne Cox Chambers Flower Walk by the Skyline Garden. Tours are first come, first serve.
An Interactive Artwork
Dive into the Tree of Life to understand the connection between humans and all life on Earth. Using the One Tree, One Planet app, available for download starting April 9, guests will become part of the giant projection. By touching an interface, recording their heartbeat and capturing their face, users will represent Homo sapiens in the tree of life. The heartbeat’s rhythms merge with the work’s music. The whole system adapts to their rhythm and dives into a new scenario.
In addition to connecting guests with the work, the One Tree, One Planet app allows everyone to interact with the tree of life and meet challenges in order to reduce human impact on the environment. The interface is in collaboration with “OneZoom” and provides a method for visualizing the connections of all living things. The app will be available April 9.
The Music, A DNA Symphony
The project is paired with a symphony performance composed by Naziha Mestaoui and Stephan Haeri, which was created by digitizing and assigning a musical note to DNA. Genes, quite literally, become the pattern for music and their succession becomes a symphony of life.
Know Before You Go
After a few short introductions and a 20-minute video, guests are invited to interact with the projection. Blankets for viewing on the Great Lawn are welcome. Lawn chairs with low backs and legs less than 10 inches are allowed but not necessary.
All tickets are valid for one use on April 11 or April 12. In the event of inclement weather on April 11, unscanned tickets are valid on April 12. Should the forecast call for rain on April 12, tickets will be honored on April 11.