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Once-humble trees are inspiring art, design, and hope

Lindsey Smith

The tree's value is being exploited in innovative ways that supersede just sustaining life on our planet. Researchers have proposed tree sap as a source for biodegradable plastics that could yield greener packaging, and tree pulp to replace less environmentally friendly cotton denim. Likewise, designers and artists are celebrating trees for their form, function, and fortitude. This new Parisian cultural venue Electric is essentially, an indoor “tree” of sound and light.

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