The Language of Trees has been called ‘an environmental masterpiece of a book’, on how trees have memories, respond to stress and communicate. If they can do all this – what can they tell us – and will we listen? A stunning international collaboration reveals how trees make our world, change our minds and rewild our lives.
In this beautifully illustrated collection, artist Katie Holten gifts readers her visual Tree Alphabet and uses it to translate and illuminate pieces from some of the best’s best writers, artists, activists and ecologists. She guides us on a journey from prehistoric cave paintings and creation myths, to the death of a 3500 year old cypress tree. From tree clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry. In doing so, she unearths a new way of seeing the natural beauty that surrounds us, and creates an urgent reminder of what could happen, if we allow it to slip away.
Printed in deep green ink, this book is a celebratory homeage filled with prose, poetry and art from over 50 collaborators. Kate is an artist and activist born in Ireland, whose drawings investigate the entangled relationships between humans and the natural world. If she could be a tree, she would be an oak.