You Can Plant A Virtual Tree That Grows To The Rhythm Of Your Heartbeat

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In the real world, watching a tree grow would take years. But thanks to Belgian artist Naziha Mestaoui, you can watch virtual trees grow and blossom before your eyes. Did we mention the immaterial foliage will bloom to the rhythm of your own heartbeat?

The stunning virtual project, “One Beat One Tree,” projects virtual forests onto city spaces, blending the boundaries between nature and technology, the real and the imagined.

A heartbeat sensor is connected to each viewer through his or her smartphone, thus allowing each seed of virtual greenery to blossom to a personalized beat. To further increase the fluidity between visible and invisible, the digital trees are later physically planted in regions throughout the world, from Europe and Latin America to Africa and Asia.

Mestaoui was inspired to embark on the project after working for more than 14 years in the Amazon, she explained to The Huffington Post. The tribes instilled in her the idea that the future we are heading towards is becoming more and more immaterial. For these ancestral societies, daily reality was constantly shifting between the visible and invisible.


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