Official opening of Trinity College Trees Project

Palm B&O 5 lo res

An exhibition of commissioned artworks installed in eight trees spread throughout the main Trinity College campus will be officially on view to the public from September 29th 2017.  Kindly funded by Trinity College Dublin this exhibition is a culmination of the Trinity College Trees project that artist Olivia Hassett, scientist David Taylor, tree specialist David Hackett and Microscopic specialist Clodagh Dooley have been working on together for over a year. For further information see About the Trinity College Trees Project

Trinity College Trees Booklet

Trinity Trees book - front cover- Oregon Maple.jpg

Trinity College Dublin have compiled and printed a booklet entitled Trees of Trinity College Dublin. A third edition was printed in 2011 and it lists many of the trees to be found on campus. This booklet was jointly edited by David W. Jeffrey and Daniel L. Kelly, the later of which we are delighted to say will be consulting with us on some of the botany aspects of this project.

The booklet groups the various trees on campus into three sections. Each section is called a circuit and lists all the trees to be found in a particular area on campus. Circuit A encompasses the Front Square and Library Square. Circuit B includes trees situated in New Square and House 40 gardens. The final Circuit C covers all the trees in College Park.

Trees of Trinity College booklet-List of trees-tcd map-three tree circuts

Trees of Trinity College booklet also gives specific details on a select number of significant trees, three of which will be included in our project. These trees are the Hop Horn Beam, the Oregon Maple and the Cabbage Tree (Cordyline Palm). See below images of two of the listings in the booklet.

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Trinity Trees book - Cabbage tree information

Sampling – the sage plant

David Hackett cutting samples from the sage plant in the Medicinal garden outside the Science Gallery.

Although the sage plant is obviously not a tree we were keen to include it as it will add extra sensory and healing aspects to the project.  

We also expect to get some wonderful images of the hairy surface of the sage leaves.  


About this blog

This blog celebrates the stunning selection of Trees in Trinity College Dublin.

It also outlines Trinity Trees, an ambitious ongoing project involving the Trinity College Tree specialist (David Hackett), a scientist (Prof. David Taylor), a microscope expert (Dr. Clodagh Dooley) and an artist (Olivia Hassett) all based in Trinity College Dublin.

The team aim to make visible fascinating microscopic elements of the trees. This will allow for an unique way of engaging with the trees in an urban setting.

In response to the research and microscopic imagery the artist will create of a series of innovative art works, which will be installed in specific trees throughout the campus. This exhibition will launch in September, 2017. To compliment the exhibition the team will also develop a self guided walk with a supporting audio piece detailing information on each tree.

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 About/ the trees 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.