Reciprocity Forest

reciprocity forest
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Reciprocity Forest is an Augmented Reality app by artist Joanna Sperryn-Jones.

It was commissioned by Metal and Forestry England to be experienced at Chalkwell Park as part of Metal’s NetPark in Southend on Sea in Essex, and at Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. For those who can’t visit either location, an offsite version is accessible in the app.

There are 3 parts to Reciprocity Forest:

Part 1 – Choose one of many tree locations in Chalkwell Park or Dalby Forest to find out more about trees and our relationship to them. At each location, you gain a virtual leaf.
Part 2 – Design your virtual leaf. Choose colours and paint the leaf to reflect how you are feeling.
Part 3 РVisit the Reciprocity Forest to add your leaf to a virtual tree. You can explore the Forest and find other people’s leaves alongside your own. As the trees grow over time you will be able to see the changing moods of the community.

ARTIST: Joanna Sperryn-Jones

Joanna Sperryn-Jones is a sculptor, writer and arts organiser who completed her degree and PhD in Sculpture at Norwich University College of the Arts. She is Lecturer in Fine Art at Coventry University. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally and has published several book chapters and expositions on breaking, artistic research, sculpture and risk-taking in art and extreme sports.

Reciprocity Forest was created in a partnership among Forestry England, Metal and the Universities of Kent and Essex, enabled through a grant from EIRA.

HOW TO: This app app is best experienced with headphones. An offline version is available if you are unable to visit either Chalkwell Park or Dalby Forest.

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