"The truth, the first truth, probably, is that we are all connected, watching one another. Even the trees". -Arthur Miller
LED-lit eyes, hanging from the trees in Welburn Square, will come alive day and night with a flurry of colors, shapes and patterns. Signage posted around The Square will explain how a passersby can communicate with the trees through a mobile app. Each day, the app will pose new questions to entice participation (e.g., how are you feeling?). Participants can choose from the list of possible answers and as they do, the lights in the tree respond with a new pattern that reflects the mood of the participant.
When the tree listens to the participant direction, it reacts with animation. The eyes can dart, blink or cry, all in different colors and patterns. They will appear to be reacting to your emotions — sadness, joy, anticipation. They will sense the collective mood of what is happening in the square, and respond accordingly. Each tree will also have a personality, maybe a rebel, a slow tree, a fancy tree, etc. The participants can puppeteer the trees to be flirty, on edge, Zen like, clowning around or a number of other characteristics. All animations and shapes are an artistic abstraction of the reality.