This blog celebrates the unique, diverse and stunning selection of Trees that are carefully managed and cared for by dedicated staff in Trinity College, Dublin.

Specifically it outlines an ambitious ongoing project Trinity Trees by scientists and artists based in Trinity College Dublin.

This project brings a diverse selection of people, an artist, scientist and technologist.

Building from their successful individual collaborations Olivia Hassett, Prof David Taylor and Dr. Clodagh Dooley are working together on this singular project. They are investigating the history and physiology of specific trees on the main campus in Trinity College Dublin.

The primary objective of the project will be to make visible fascinating microscopic elements of the trees through the creation of a series of innovative art works, which will be installed in specific locations throughout the campus.

Of vital importance to the depth and understanding of the project will be addition of a supporting audio piece, which will not only offer an unusual way of encountering the selected trees and their art works but also offer an opportunity to engage the senses of sight, sound, touch and movement through space. The supporting audio piece will detail each art work and will serve to connect the various trees and their art works while also functioning as a framework for the installation and project as a whole.

All team members were involved in the choosing, sampling and imaging of the specific trees and their samples based on common areas of interest. The final artworks created by artist Olivia Hassett will draw from research by Prof. David Taylor, and be inspired by Dr. Clodagh Dooley’s cutting edge scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images of the selected trees, their flowers, pollen, seeds and fruit. David Hackett the TCD tree specialist will continue to share his enthusiasm and gargantuan knowledge of the trees with the Team.

After cross referencing our common interests with the general information on the Trinity Trees shared by David Hackett we have chosen a sample of ten different trees. See xxx for a list of these trees with a brief outline of our reasons for choosing them. This sampling process will help us narrow our search to the final five or six trees that will form the basis for the research and resultant art works.

At this early stage of the project we haven’t a huge amount of information or imagery to share but as we initiate the sampling process in the next few weeks we will post some images of the samples.