Tree Listening Installation - Alex Metcalf
Electronic recording of tree played through headphones
Meadow Arts commission Croft Castle May
Meadow Arts, with support from The Woodland Trust commissioned artist Alex Metcalf to showcase his installation ‘Tree Listening’ at Croft Castle as part of the Tell it to the Trees exhibition.
The work was situated in a veteran lime tree approximately 400 years old which is well on its way to joining the exceptional ancient tree population at Croft.
While listening to the headphones hanging from the branches of the veteran lime tree, visitors could hear water being pulled up from the roots to the leaves through the Xylem tubes.
A quiet clicking sound could be heard that is produced by the water passing through the cells of the Xylem tubes and cavitating as it mixes with air on its’ way upwards. In the background visitors could hear a deep rumbling sound of the whole tree vibrating.
Alex Metcalf led workshops throughout the summer inviting participants to tour Croft’s parkland with him and his listening device, listening to the different sounds of other veteran trees.