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OneOak felling timelapse film

posted on March 1, 2010

Our fantastic voluntary film crew have produced a new film of the OneOak felling.  Eight hours is condensed into just four minutes, capturing the peace of the woodland at dawn and then the arrival of 250 children and several hundred guests to watch the felling.  Watch as the tree surgeon scales the tree to prepare it for felling, then the tree felling itself . Afterwards the forest scientists descend on the felled tree to start their work weighing every branch and twig, and many of the future wood users gather to look at the OneOak’s timber for the first time and discuss its qualities.

With our thanks to Charlie Beesley, Chris Baines, Bryn Walls, Sarah Simblet and Conrad Weiskrantz.

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OneOak launch and felling in pictures

posted on February 9, 2010

We have published a slideshow of pictures showing the drama of the OneOak felling and launch on YouTube.

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OneOak captured by artist Sarah Simblet

posted on February 5, 2010

Sarah Simblet's OneOak drawing as work in progress

OneOak by Sarah Simblet - photograph of drawing in progress

Oxford-based artist Sarah Simblet has been working with us to capture the beauty of the OneOak tree.  We are privileged to have had a sneak preview of her unfinished drawing of the OneOak tree.  It perfectly depicts the grandeur of the OneOak tree and the tangled mass of its branches.

Artist Sarah Simblet at work in her studio

Artist Sarah Simblet at work in her studio

Sarah Simblet

Author of the highly acclaimed Anatomy for the Artist and The Drawing Book, Sarah is an artist, writer, and freelance lecturer in drawing.  She teaches at the National Gallery in London and at the University of Oxford, where she is a member of Wolfson College and has her studio.  Sarah has drawings in national and private collections, makes solo shows, and takes part in contemporary art exhibitions.

Sarah is also a broadcaster and conference speaker in art and science, contributing to programmes on BBC television and radio.  In 2005 she presented Life Class on BBC.  Sarah has a lifelong passion for plants, gardening, and natural history.

This week her latest publication was released: Botany for the Artist.  It is a stunning book.  She collaborated with Sam Scott-Hunter and Silke Spingies to produce the book, both of whom are also involved in the OneOak project.

Botany for the Artist

Botany for the Artist - an inspirational guide to drawing plants

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Top photographer captures OneOak tree in snow

posted on January 9, 2010
Sam Scott-Hunter

Sam Scott-Hunter

Top London-based photographer Sam Scott-Hunter spent a freezing afternoon today capturing the beauty of the OneOak tree after the recent heavy snowfall.

Sam will be creating an album of images that we will share online soon.  We will also be working with him to capture the beauty of the wooden products that are made from the OneOak tree in the future.

Sam has created a stunning timelapse series showing the sun setting behind the OneOak tree.

Click on the image below to view.

Timelapse photography of the OakOak in snow

Timelapse photography of the OakOak in snow

http://samscotthunter.co.uk/downloads/samscotthunter_oneoak.mov

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Oak Moon

posted on January 4, 2010
Oak Moon by Rebecca Hind

Oak Moon by Rebecca Hind

Artist Rebecca Hind has been visiting the OneOak tree regularly (see previous post).  She has braved freezing temperatures and long nights to watch the tree as it changes through the seasons and through the time of the day.

Rebecca’s most recent sketch show here was inspired by a full moon.

“Our most recent full moon. Not only did it fall on New Year’s Eve, it earned the title Blue Moon, being the second brimming of the month. Folklore grants each month’s full moon at least one name, often chosen according to local preoccupation. And for December the one which fits our tree is Oak Moon. That confluence was graced with crisp clarity and spangled with stellar brightness. A gift to a painter of night skies and the OneOak. Here is a first impression of that night last week, when the frost cracked underfoot and fell in sprinkles from the branches. ”

Rebecca Hind, January 4th 2010

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Willowcroft school create a winter forest

posted on December 9, 2009

A forest of colourful trees

The children in ‘Foxes’ class at Willowcroft Community School, Didcot have been painting and sculpting winter trees. Although the children have not yet seen the OneOak in the winter, they were inspired by the Oak Trees at their Forest School site. One tree in particular stood out as it was silhouetted in the afternoon sun against a wintery sky.

Back in school the children experimented with drawing inks and straws to depict the tree. For the background they used well diluted drawing ink to make the blue and pink of the sky.

Later in the week the children twisted aluminium modelling wire to create three dimensional trees. They then dipped the looped wire in ‘fantasy film’ which quickly hardened to create a beautiful stained glass effect. Even the least confident artists made beautiful trees and were really pleased with their work. They enjoyed themselves so much that they have now gone into ‘production mode’ and are making more trees to sell at our Children’s Christmas Fayre next week. We just hope everyone else likes them as much as we do!


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OneOak artist Rebecca Hind

posted on October 16, 2009

We are delighted that a very talented artist will be working on the OneOak project.

Rebecca Hind captures the OneOak in autumn colours with watercolours, October 2009

Rebecca Hind captures the OneOak in autumn colours with watercolours, October 2009

Rebecca Hind is an Oxfordshire-based artist who works predominently with paint. She has exhibited widely both in Britian and abroad.

Oak trees have long held a significant place in our culture, one that goes way beyond ornament or function. Once deemed sacred and always valued for their strength and durability they were also thought to attract lightning. On first encountering the OneOak I was struck by its grandeur, standing there bathed in the light that has led it from seed to maturity. As a landscape painter I follow light and relish the chance to engage with the elements as they reveal different aspects of the natural world. Shifting seasons, hours and weather offer a wealth of fascination for me, and so the chance to take part in the One Oak project is a privilege and a delight. My intention is to celebrate thetree as it holds its current form and place in the world, sheds its final foliage, then becomes transformed by human hand. I hope that the paintings I make will be as seeds continuing this tree’s life.” Rebecca Hind, October 2009.

Visit Rebecca Hind’s website.

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