Location: Online and in physical form at Prince Bishops Place
Share a hope and watch the branches grow
Tree of Hope is a digital tree which grows before your eyes as hopes are collected in Durham and around the world. Starting as a sapling and gathering hopes from school children in the county, the audience at Lumiere and a global live-feed from social media, the sapling will transform into a beautiful mature tree formed by hopes we have made for ourselves, for others and for our planet.
Tree of Hope was inspired by County Durham as a historic place of “big thinkers” with stunning landscapes that provide a strong connection to our natural environment. It’s a place where we can reflect upon humanity’s ability to hope for a better future.
Prince Bishops has an even and flat surface. There are regular rest points (seats with backs and benches). Access is recommended via Claypath as Silver Street is steep and cobbled.
Tekja is an award-winning data visualisation and analysis studio based in London, founded in 2012 by Jacopo Hirschstein and Amanda Taylor.
They work with some of the world’s largest organisations, creating data driven web applications, installations, event experiences and media content.
Their work combines cutting edge data analysis and visualisation technologies with standout contemporary designs and concepts. The studio has worked on many groundbreaking data-driven projects and have achieved acclaim in the national and international press.
The project started as we were coming out of lockdown, so it was a moment of significant social adjustment and a moment in which our thoughts were turned towards our future and our impact on the plant. The artwork was created to reflect the power of nature, but also the resilience of human kind and our ability to overcome challenges and hope for a better future.
Amanda Taylor, Tekja
PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installation for personal use, the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.