The New Zealand Tree Project is a cutting-edge blend of adventure, history, conservation and art.
The aim of the project is to bring New Zealand’s forest wonders to a wide audience and give everyone a taste of the beauty and majesty that can be experienced in our own native bush.
A huge portrait of a 41 metre-tall rimu tree is the centrepiece of the NZ Tree Project. This spectacular tree lives in the dense temperate rainforest of Pureora Forest, near Lake Taupō in the central North Island. It is usually impossible to see or photograph an entire forest tree because they tower so far above us and are surrounded by a dense understorey of smaller trees. This presented a tantalising challenge to the NZ Tree Project team who set out in late 2014 to find the perfect subject for their tree portrait.
The project team chose Pureora because it is known to have an unusual density of very large podocarp trees and after many days of searching they found a stunning rimu that was completely visible through a tree-fall clearing. Over 4 weeks the team worked with a specially designed camera rig suspended from the canopy to photograph this magnificent tree thousands and thousands of times. The huge portrait was created by carefully blending the finest 65 images from the larger photo collection.
A 1.2m print of the rimu portrait is now displayed proudly in the Greenspace entrance along with other interesting pieces from the NZ Tree Project exhibition.