This project uses science, law and art to investigate how the trees of the Amstelpark can be given a legal status and how this can contribute to an equal relationship and better protection of trees, forests and city parks. The project consists of a LivingLab in the Orangerie, the installation Parliament for Trees and resulted in Trial in the Park – the trees speak out on October 16, 2022. In this speculative lawsuit, we imagined a future in which these trees gain rights and hold local polluters accountable.
The Amstelpark – the trees narrate their story was part of the Shadow Floriade, a comprehensive public program developed by art institution Zone2Source to mark the 50th anniversary of the Amstelpark, Amsterdam, NL.
This project was generously supported by:
CLICK NL/SIA Regieorgaan, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Stadsdeel Zuid, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Iona Stichting, Houtzagerij Stadshout, the Amstelpark, Zone2Source and the DendroLab of Wageningen University & Research.