Arbor Alma

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Arbor Alma (‘The Giving Tree’) is a four-minute art film that mixes photography with artwork to explore how people dialogue and understand their environment, especially trees. The film includes a montage of images – photographs and footage of Canadian urban green spaces as well as displaying iconic forests and trees painted by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson held in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The natural beauty of our urban trees and forests is highlighted in the movie. The footage, paintings and stills are accompanied by unique musical compositions and contemporary digital photography that are composed as “tree portraiture”. Viewers are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with trees to take notice of the “invisible” forest around them – the trees that are everywhere in the city but are often barely noticed.