“How we perceive and contemplate the land affects how we treat the land. If we see the land as separate from ourselves we are less likely to honour and respect it.”– Louise Fowler-Smith
The Tree Veneration Society aims to re-contextualise the historical practice of the worship and veneration of trees across nearly all cultures into a progressive contemporary community art project. While being environmentally conscious of the value of trees, particularly in inner-city suburbs, they also hope to bring some sense of the ritual created in forming a cross-cultural celebration of nature.
The Tree Veneration Society was founded in 2010 by artist and university lecturer Louise Fowler-Smith to encourage a focus on the importance of the Tree in our environmentally challenged world.
To date we have expanded to include not only artists but scientists, poets, musicians and teachers and others, all bound together by one commonality, a love and respect for trees.