A Forest for the Trees by Glenn Kaino Now open in Los Angeles

A forest grows in downtown Los Angeles. Opening today with limited duration until summer 2022, A forest for the trees is an immersive art show created and directed by a visionary artist Glen Kainoalong with The Atlantic and Superblue, which aims to inspire audiences to redefine their relationship with the natural world.

A forest for the trees is open to all ages and tickets are on sale now. The press should inquire about opportunities to see the show. Installation photos and show notes are now also available upon request. The show is accompanied by a culinary experience from an acclaimed local chef Minh Phan by Porridge + Puffs and PHENAKITE, and a shop designed and curated in collaboration with ThunderVoice Eagles Thunder Voice Hat Co.whose work explores the conditions of memory and the sacred, and continues the lineage of sustainable, handmade indigenous fashion through unique collaborations between indigenous cultures.

A forest for the trees is unlike anything that has come before, taking visitors on a journey through a surreal forest of magic, music and wonder – with animatronic trees, immersive fire illusions that visitors can control with their hands, and multi-sensory storytelling hidden on one Area of ​​28,000 square feet in downtown Los Angeles. The experience is steeped in stories inspired by the people closest to the forests and nearby neighborhoods: an immersive interactive fire illusion that references the controlled burns central to the stewardship of native forests until the symbolic resurrection of an iconic 144-year-old tree.

A forest for the trees is created and directed by internationally acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino, who is collaborating with Grammy-winning producer/musician David Sitek as part of the duo’s new band project, HIGH SEAS. The show is inspired by The Atlantic‘s Who Owns America’s Wilderness editorial series, which kicked off in 2021 with the cover story Returning National Parks to the Tribes, written by David Treuer, edited by Ross Andersen, and by The Atlantic‘s 165 years of writing from some of the most influential voices on America’s natural spaces. This tradition began with the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a co-founder of the magazine, and continued until the late 19th century when John Muir championed America’s national parks The Atlantic.

For the past year, Kaino has worked alongside an interdisciplinary collective of artists, musicians, tribal leaders and environmentalists to make a difference A forest for the trees to live. Kaino and his team also draw from more than a decade of intense research in the field of magic, including the production of the hit Off-Broadway show and film In and of itself. Vance Garrett (sleep no more, Ice Museum) serves as executive producer and brings his extensive background in immersive theater to the show, which is being organized in collaboration with Superblues Executive Curator Kathleen Forde.

“I’ve worked my entire career to build the tools and relationships that enabled me to embark on a project of this unprecedented scale and sophistication, both conceptually and formally,” said Kaino. “Intergenerational problems of this magnitude require new thinking and new models of how we bring together traditional ecological knowledge and advanced technology. I hope this show can provide inspiration on how to connect and contribute to some of the most pressing issues of our time in dynamic and exciting ways that our audiences can take home.”

Presenting sponsor is Mastercard, whose cardholders will also receive exclusive benefits including 10% off tickets and a one-month digital trial The Atlantic. Additionally, in support of Mastercard’s commitment to restore 100 million trees by 2025 through the Priceless Planet Coalition, Conservation International will plant a tree for every ticket sold to the show.

Among the collaborators and creators involved in A forest for the trees:

  • The original music for the entire project is produced by a Grammy Award-winning producer and musician David Sitek.

  • The show is narrated by an actor jess williams.

  • The Singer-Songwriters Priscilla Ahn, Kittie Harloeand AliceSmith perform original HIGH SEAS songs created for the show.

  • Laundi Keepseaglea Lakota creative producer and community architect from the Standing Rock Reservation, was a key contributor.

  • Bill TrippDirector of the Department of Natural Resources, from the Karuk tribe, important stewards of California’s forests and inspiration for many of the artworks, was the principal advisor on the project.

  • Ukrainian Artistic Director Kirill Yeretsky created illustrations that help bring the stories to life.

  • Dakota and Lakota teacher and community organizer Breanne Luger contributes writing and performances.

The project is being developed and produced by Atlantic Ventures, a business development group of The Atlantic that creates large-scale initiatives based on it The Atlanticis the most consistent journalism.

A forest for the trees
Location: Ace Mission Studios at 516 South Mission Road, Los Angeles
tickets: $10-$50 (kids and adults, high and low season)
Events: Opening on Friday 13 May for a limited duration until Summer 2022
General opening hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm (check daily opening hours)
Social Media Handles: @aforestLA on Facebook, Instagram, Twittertick Tock
Press Contacts: Paul Jackson and Anna Bross, The Atlantic, A Forest for the Trees by Glenn Kaino Now open in Los Angeles

Jessica MacLeish

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