Documenting the Fallen

We are humbled by your support! We will never see trees this big again, 14 of Tasmania's biggest trees, the biggest in the southern hemisphere, were severely damaged or killed by fire in January 2019. Many have fallen, some stand dead and others barley hold onto life in this charred landscape.

The main goal is to spend this summer surveying and documenting the fallen giants and conducting a systematic survey of what remains. The Tree Projects team will primarily use video, photos and spatial mapping to tell this tragic story of loss. The outputs will include a 30 minute film, documentary photography and the creation of 3D virtual reality scans of trees.

Another core goal is to assist a team of scientists to conduct detailed surveys of forest plots. Identifying likely areas where the next generation exists, venturing and surveying those areas and working to ensure their protection is a priority.

We assumed these ancient trees would outlive us as they have outlived so many generations before. We assumed their overwhelming grandeur, natural complexity and longevity to be fixed in a time scale not comprehensible to a single humble human. But these assumptions were wrong and now we are scrambling to document what remains after the fires of just one summer.

These icons of our natural heritage are less than 1 hour from Hobart but so few people ever made the short journey to explore them. We're forced to bring the trees to the world in digital media.


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  • Tim Chamberlain 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Patrick franck 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
  • Daniel Harcourt 
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $699 
    • 11 mos
  • Isabelle Nash 
    • $30 
    • 11 mos
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Steve Pearce 
North Hobart, TAS

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