Standing where a Tree Stood

2022
To stand on a tree stump is to stand in the exact location where a tree once grew. To be in a space which was solely occupied by a tree, possibly for hundreds of years. Through this open ended activity participants can find a tree stump themselves and take part in the ritual. Whilst on the stump consider time, how long the tree took to grow, how old you are, how long you wish to stand there and in doing so connect with nature and contemplate the concept of time.

To take part in ‘Standing where a Tree Stood’ please submit a photograph along with the following information: age of the tree (count the rings), name and age of the person standing and send it to mail@helmutsmits.nl

Bonnie aged 14, standing where a tree stood for 68 years

Aaron aged 18, standing where a tree stood for 73 years

Christel aged 46, standing where a tree stood for 100+ years

Luuk aged 35, standing where a tree stood for 51 years

Izi aged 23, standing where a tree stood for 104 years

Helmut aged 48, standing where a tree stood for 56 years

Jules aged 12, standing where a tree stood for 59 years

Jetty aged 58, standing where a tree stood for 87 years

Sarah aged 46, Ziro aged 36 and Anna aged 31, standing where a tree stood for 87 years

Claudia aged 56, standing where a tree stood for 76 years

Inèz aged 44, standing where a tree stood for 44 years

Abe aged 12, standing where a tree stood for 10 years

Antoine aged 31 and Matthieu aged 40, standing where a tree stood for 76 years

Scott aged 48, standing where a tree stood for 80 years

Marijke aged 63, standing where a tree stood for 63 years

Sebastian aged 36, standing where a tree stood for 25 years

Lana aged 35, standing where a tree stood for 98 years

Simon aged 3, standing where a tree stood for 65 years

Tom aged 45, standing where a tree stood for 30 years