For this installation, Michiko has teamed up with Dr Kris Murray and Sonia Tiedt from Imperial College London whose research looks at how global changes, such as climate, can alter the distribution of species.
The Yoshino cherry tree is widely known as the most common of all cherry trees in Japan and across the world, including in Washington, USA. However, what most people don’t know is that these iconic trees are in fact all clones and therefore highly vulnerable to new diseases and changes to insect populations that result from climate change. Through this multimedia installation, Yamamoto seeks to raise awareness of the importance of plant biodiversity and international cooperation in the fight against climate change.
In this mini-theater like installation, the moving images of weather phenomena and other issue caused by climate change are projected onto laser-cut wooden cherry blossoms which are hanged from the top. The burned smell from the laser-cut wood pieces creates the atmosphere of global warming as an impact of climate change. The hand-printed book is made from a series of woodcuts using both laser-cut and hand-cut plywood boards. It illustrates how these trees are cloned and planted after the end of the Second World War on the burnt-out areas of Japan, the concerns for their present decline and the importance of biodiversity.