I recently watched M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Happening’, which the CBC touted as the “best B movie of all time.” I doubt the Nightrider would appreciate such an underhanded compliment, but that said, it was far nicer than the reviews he got elsewhere. If you have any intention of seeing this movie, and do not want it spoiled, stop reading now. You have been warned. Like many of his previous works, the plot is fraught with mystery and suspense, as a lethal virus spreads across America, making normal people commit suicide. Various theories are proposed throughout the movie, but in the end, mother nature is responsible for releasing a toxin via natural flora. This has made me somewhat paranoid ever since watching the movie, as I am constantly running away from trees that blow in the wind, and I often times fall asleep holding a bottle of (insert name of product that kills plants here).
As if my paranoia wasn’t enough, as “arbores laetae” or “joyful trees” is the latest project by NYC Diller Scofidio and Renfro. The unusual installation project is located in Liverpool, England as part of the city’s art biennial. 17 trees were planted in a small parkette, however 3 of the trees slowly rotate on specially designed bases. It’s a very cool idea, but I’m still to worried about what the tree gods think about it. Although I’d urge you to visit this installation, I am sure every stoned teenager and their dog is sitting in the park drooling in wonder. Instead, check out some pics here.