03 Nov 2015 - 27 Jan 2016
Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 8BR
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The tale of a town, a wood and a journey for peace and climate action. The White Wood Story is a project to tell the myth of a newly planted peace wood; a conference to connect the community of Huntly with COP21; and a cycling journey of an oak sapling to be planted in Paris...
It takes three centuries for an oak to fully mature... so in 300 years time, what world will these trees see?
The White Wood is a living monument to peace planted this year in Huntly, Aberdeenshire to commemorate the beginning of WWI. With the help of 150 volunteers from the local community, artist Caroline Wendling planted 49 oak trees grown from Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Oaks project in Kassel, and 1700 native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, chosen for their white foliage, bark or flowers. The wood was planted as a site for reflection; It takes three centuries for an oak to fully mature... so in 300 years time, what world will these trees see?
Deveron Arts have commissioned storyteller Ben Macfadyen to reinvigorate the tale of the White Wood, working with the community to bring ecology and peace together in a story that will still be told in 300 years’ time.
As part of the project, Ben will be hosting a climate change event to mark the beginning of COP21, Think Global, Act Rural.
And he will then set off with local people, cycling an oak sapling from The White Wood to Paris, gathering stories and visions of a future affected by climate change along the way.
Funded by the Creative Scotland Open Fund
Supported by ArtCop Scotland