Forest Project seeks to establish a self-sustaining system linking these two worlds symbiotically through auctions of artwork created by students from primary schools in the Mount Kenya National Park area; Shenzhen, China; Hong Kong and Brazil. The educational component—embodied in an instructional book and workshops led by artist Xu Bing—connects the written word, calligraphy and art into one process. Students from local primary schools create drawings of trees using forms of writing from a variety of cultures and historical periods, spanning ancient Chinese pictographs, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Cuneiform script, Arabic, English and more.
The income and price disparities between more developed nations and rural areas in Kenya, China and Brazil form the basis for the success of this project. Two dollars is a pittance for many in the West, just enough for a one-way ride on the subway, but when used to purchase a piece of art created by a student, it can be converted into many newly planted seedlings.
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