a tree calls
collective contemplation, Copenhagen, Denmark – Mount Baker National Forest, WA, USA
and everywhere along the great circle connecting these two points
mathematics consultant: Luke Wolcott
A Tree Calls was a collaboration constructed around a calculation of how long it would take the sound of a tree falling to travel across the world, from the US to Denmark. My collaborator hiked into the mountains and chopped down a tree in Washington State, while I simultaneously led a group in Copenhagen to walk to meet the idea of the sound of the tree falling, as it arrived.
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a walk to meet a sound, 15 April 2012
A tree will fall in Mount Baker National Forest in Washington State, USA, on Sunday, 15 April 2012 at 00:00:00 United States Pacific Standard Time.
The sound of the tree hitting the ground will take 6 hours, 31 minutes, and 47* seconds to travel 7686.35km. It will arrive in central Copenhagen on 15 April at 15:31:47 Central European Summer Time.
You are invited to join us in a walk to meet the sound. This walk will begin at Toves Galleri on Sunday, 15 April at exactly 09:00:00 – the moment the tree hits the ground in the faraway forest – and will last for the time it takes the sound to travel from the forest to us.
Please be prepared to leave your phone and internet devices behind, and to enter the void.
[*Please note that the sound arrived 4 seconds ahead of schedule.]