March sampling – the Plane tree bark
The increasing magnification of the Scanning Electron Microscope images revealed some wonderful honeycomb-like structures in the bark samples.
March Sampling – The plane tree – nodule
David Hackett brought an array of large cutting tools ensuring we were able to take some great samples.
Clodagh came with many labeled plastic bags ready for collection.
David Taylor came away with large chunks of branches and nodules, which he will probe and investigate via a variety of high precision equipment.
Olivia Hassett documented the sampling process.
This blog celebrates a specific selection of the stunning selection of Trees in Trinity College Dublin.
Early in January of this year the Trinity College Trees team in conjunction with Dr. Conor Buckley of TCD initiated a new study on the two large Oregon Maple trees in College Square. This 2018 project will build on the research and success of their 2017 project, which involved eight tress (including one of the Oregon Maples in the 2018 project) on the Trinity College Dublin campus.
This blog aims to outlines the conservation, scientific and artistic development and outcomes from both the 2017 and 2018 projects.
The Trinity College Trees Team are tree specialist (David Hackett), scientist (Prof. David Taylor), microscope expert (Dr. Clodagh Dooley), bioplastic specialist (Dr. Conor Buckley) and 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 2017 in response to the research and microscopic imagery collected the artist created of a series of innovative art works, which were installed in eight trees throughout the campus. This exhibition launched in September 2017 and was supported by a self guided walk with a supporting audio piece that offered detailed information on each tree and the inspiration behind the installed artworks.
For the 2018 project the team propose to undertake a programme of scientific and arboreal sampling and tests to explore the structural integrity of the two majestic but fragile Oregon Maple Trees in College Square. Proposed artistic responses will include a months display of new artworks installed in both trees, live performance and indoor exhibition on the TCD campus.