This project is a visualization of a bleak future promised by continued resource neglect. Burnt Tree: Drawing the Line is intended as a warning, as a metaphor for the arteries of life, and a call to awareness.
Repetitive drought conditions in California will certainly result in a dramatically changed landscape in the cities. Dried out vegetation, feeding an unending cycle of fires and devastation, will seriously impact the quality of life in the entire area.
Burnt Tree: Drawing the Line is an installation featuring actual branches burnt in forest fires in the Los Angeles vicinity. The branches are reconfigured on aluminum truss supports, creating an overall effect of burnt trees in vanishing forests. In stark contrast to the black branches and aluminum towers, a ‘red line’ pierces the installation. The streak of red acts as an ‘emergency signal’ urging visitors, as they walk through the installation to consider the need to avert the dark reality of this ‘burnt forest.’
Burnt Tree: Drawing the Line is conceived as part of a series of environmentally conscious artworks the artist is currently creating in endangered natural areas around the world.
About Doron Gazit
Doron Gazit is an environmental artist and designer whose installations engage the landscape. With nature as his canvas, he reveals invisible currents of nature. His three-dimensional AirTubes and inflatable structures sculpt the air and reflect the sun. Using nature and urban environments as his canvas. They create a dialogue of air, wind, and sun.
Gazit discovered the power of making the invisible in nature visible when, as a student of the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, he introduced balloons to Bedouins in the Sinai desert. Rauch, the word for ‘wind’ in Hebrew and Arabic, is also translated as ‘spirit,’ and it is this dual meaning that continues to intrigue and guide Gazit in his work.
Gazit is now focusing his attention on serious ecological issues of the climate change that challenge our generation and are a threat to generations to come. So far, he has dramatically installed 500 feet long red AirTubes in the sinkholes of the Dead Sea, burnt forest and in the drought-dry Laguna Lake in San Lois Obispo. He plans to go next summer with the red line to the melting glaciers of Iceland and Alaska, floating islands of trash in the oceans and more. His brightly colored three-dimensional lines in such bleak landscapes create haunting images that alert observers to the urgent need to remedy and protect our endangered environment.
Gazit is also the photographer of his artwork.