Valerie Hird
Genesis Tree
Genesis Tree

The Genesis Tree is a 4’ x 4’ x 6’ sculptural installation composed of nearly 3000 individually-folded paper forms that suggest a different hypothesis for the origin of the species. Suspended from wire frames, the forms — like molecules — combine to form a primordial tree that generates the first explosive burst of life. The trunk of the tree is shaped by double strands of DNA which are color-coded to the fundamental elements for life - earth, air, water and fire. Its canopy is an explosion of secondary hues which, at its periphery, bloom into rings of birds which flock to the four compass points and form larger composite birds.

Exhibited at the MCLA Gallery in North Adams, MA and at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI.

Genesis Tree Video