FRAME captures Artificial Arboretum, by Jaqueline Wu, a speculative establishment dedicated to the preservation, study, and public display of “photogrammetrees” found in Google Earth. The constructed space houses a collection of diverse species harvested from their rendered world using the same tools and techniques that created them. The scans capture not only the geometry of the trees, but also their age, seasons, shadows, and surrounding environments. As residual artifacts in a process meant to map buildings and infrastructure in our urban environments, they remind us that organic matter remains elusive to the virtual world.
Jaqueline Wu, Artificial Arboretum, 2019, image via