Roving reporter Emilie interviewed Epic Spruce Tree from its forest in Nordmarka, Norway.
I am one of many. We have stood here longer than you have been here and will stand long after you have gone. We spruce trees are all different ages. And as one of us dies, another one grows and replaces it. So our time together is infinite.
I live at a level higher than the sea and lower level than the mountains. Growing fast I provide shelter in the forests. Throughout the seasons, as the light and snow and all those around me change, I stand here still, taking in the air and returning it with cleaner, better air.
I watch as cities change and towns move and people grow old and are buried. I hold the earth together with my roots. I stop it being blown away by the wind. I enrich the earth and help to generate what is on the forest floor, returning it back to the Earth and using it myself as nutrients that I then give again to the Earth. I help this land to remain how it is and where it is.
Epic Spruce Tree speaks
I help keep all of that going. I’m an integral force of biodiversity, part of that lifecycle, that link for animals, for humans, for other species. I help the cycle go on and on. Without me, and my fellow tree species, life on this earth would not be possible. Take care of me and I'll take care of you.
Spruce Tree was interpreted by
Poppy Lawman, an Oslo-based sculptor and designer, who since childhood has always romanticized spruce trees. She first fell in love with them at her grandfather’s Christmas tree farm in California and continues to walk the deep dark forests near her home in Norway.
Poppy says to Spruce Tree
May we honour you and truly appreciate all that you've provided for us.
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Poppy Lawman was invited by Emilie Mai who went to tea at Poppy’s mother’s house in St. Austell, England after meeting her on the beach.
Cover photo edited. Original by Angel Luciano.