Date: October 31-Nov 1, 2015
Venue: The Nest 公益新天地，105 Puyu West Road, Shanghai
Guides: George Kaye, Dong Xiaoxun, Zhou Liying, Helen Zhang, Amy Shui, Li Jue, Xu Xiaoxun
Partner: Shanghai Roots and Shoots
Sponsor: The Nest
‘300 Million Years’ consists of an 8-meter long scroll on which leaves from common trees are arranged in order of each species’ appearance in the fossil record. In their wildly varied shapes, sizes, configurations, textures, numbers, vein patterns, scents, surface colorations, etc. leaves present us with evidence of an epic story occuring over the giant span of geologic time. Episodes in this story include chance discoveries, migrations, species invasions, battles with disease, bad weather, sexual liaisons, sunny days, and thirst, all underlaid by unexpected genetic, metabolic, geologic and atmospheric transformations. The book can be “read” as a continuous narrative, in sections, or by individual leaf.
Saturday, Oct 31: Tree species survey (10:00am); Leaf analysis and discussion (11:30am); Leaf arrangement and inscription (2:00pm).
Sunday, Nov 1: Leaf drawing and watercolor painting (all day).