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April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 6:30pm, repeating until April 12, 2019

One Tree, One Planet Premiere


April 11
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States

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).

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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.


One Tree One Planet from Naziha Mestaoui on Vimeo.

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.

An Application

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.

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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.


Longleaf restaurant will be open 6:30-8 p.m. Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged to guarantee seating.


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.

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Meet the Team

The Artist

Naziha Mestaoui

Paris-based environmental artist and architect Naziha Mestaoui is a pioneer of digital art whose work creates immersive and sensory experiences by blending space, imagery and technology.

Her interactive multimedia exhibits question Western culture’s disconnection with the environment and re-center nature at the heart of cultural issues. Through her art, she invites us to use technologies to reconnect with nature, creating a dynamic that can inspire our future.

One of her most recognized projects – “One Heart, One Tree” – debuted at the United Nations Climate Conference in December 2015. Mestaoui produced grand-scale “forests of light” through interactive projections of trees that spanned on the Eiffel Tower.

Spectators used their smartphones to virtually create a tree that grew at the rhythm of their heartbeat on the monuments. More than 1.4 million people followed the artwork, and a real tree has been planted for each of the 100,000 virtual trees created during the event, allowing participants to become partners in reforestation.

Mestaoui’s work has been exhibited around the globe, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Photography in Tokyo, the Contemporary Art Biennale in Sevilla, Miami Art Basel and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai.


Top: One Beat One Tree, interactive artwork mixing material and immaterial. Every virtual tree generated by visitors is actually planted in a reforestation program. Above: 1 Heart 1 tree, collaborative artwork on the Eiffel Tower during the United Nations’ Climate Conference (COP21) linked with reforestation programs on all 5 continents.

The Scientists

Douglas E. Soltis

Douglas Soltis is a Distinguished Professor in the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics, (Soltis lab.) Florida Museum of Natural History and Department of Biology at the University of Florida. His research interests are in plant evolution and phylogeny, an area in which he has published extensively together with his wife Pamela Soltis and together they were the joint awardees of the 2006 Asa Gray Award. They are the principal investigators in the Soltis laboratory, where they both hold the rank of Distinguished Professor and are contributing authors of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group. In 2017, Dr. Soltis was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pamela Soltis

Pamela Soltis is an American botanist. She is a distinguished professor at the University of Florida and principal investigator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Gene-tics at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1986. Dr. Soltis research interests are angiosperm phylogeny, phylogeography, polyploidy, and conservation genetics. Among her most cited contributions are papers on the role of genetic and genomic attributes in the success of polyploids. In 2016, Dr. Soltis was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Soltis was President of the Botanical Society of America 2007-08.

Rob Guralnick

Rob Guralnick is a biodiversity scientist who takes an integrative approach to global change biology. Although interested in theory and practice of the discipline, his work is also geared towards the mobilization and (re)-use of biodiversity records already collected such as biocollections records and data from the literature. He is a Curator of Bio-diversity Informatics.

Matt Gitzendanner

Matt Gitzendanner is a Scientist at the University of Florida. He has considerable computational expertise in dealing with big data and building large trees of relationship.

James Rosindell – ONE ZOOM

James Rosindell is a biodiversity theorist with a particular interest in ecological neutral theory and its varied applications. He arrived at Imperial College during January 2012 and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded his current position with a postdoctoral research fellowship and later with an independent research fellowship. He is interested in public engagement activities and created the OneZoom tree of life explorer website which is now run as an independent registered charity.