If you’ve wandered around on the Atlanta BeltLine lately, odds are you’ve seen some trees sporting curious placards placed in front of them. The signs display a musician and some information about the tree itself, for instance, Amy Grant and a Pecan Tree. What may come off initially as an odd pairing is actually a creative initiative by The Nature Conservancy and Trees Atlanta, who organized a number of cultural icons to speak on how the trees benefit our community and our ecosystem and the importance of conservation (making them a kind of modern-day take on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Over 15 different artists participated in the project, including Reba McEntire, Béla Fleck, Ben Folds, 8Ball, Will Hoge and Taylor Hicks. ArtsATL videographer Felipe Barral took some time to take a deeper look at the installation.–Laura Relyea
Video: “If Trees Could Sing,” an installation by The Nature Conservancy and Trees Atlanta on the Atlanta BeltLine
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Felipe Barral is a storyteller who expresses himself in many ways –through his visual works (documentaries, films, video/art installations & TV shows), his music (both as a performer and composer), his art (painting and photography) and his writing (poetry, fiction and movie scripts). He is also a journalist with a Masters degree in Philosophy. Felipe is a bilingual producer creating content both in English and Spanish. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer/Director of IGNI Productions and the digital channel thegchannel.com. He is also a Supervising Features Producer at CNN International Productions. Felipe teaches his “Creative Production Philosophy & Style” to producers and children, and was recognized with Time Warner’s Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Award in 2014. He has received several awards and lately has been a guest speaker in film & TV production conferences. He has released 6 short films (The Book of Life, Inhabit, PIXEL, Desire, Dust House and touchME: Dida); several documentaries (including Louvre Atlanta, CNN’s Filling the Blank and CNN’s Crescedo); 3 books of poetry (Múrberon, El Libro de Isamar and Aion); several original scores (including Nosferatu, Metropolis and Filling the Blank); multimedia installations (including Fire Woman); and has performed live both in Chile and the United States.