Intrigued by the geometric confinement of the shapes we assign something literally as organic as nature, led me to create this series called, Naviscaping. The title combines navigation and landscaping to appropriately title this study of shape, space, location, and most importantly, our relationship with urbanized nature.
I started investigating the identified trees on Purdue University’s arboretum walking path of noteworthy trees on campus. As I navigated the map looking for the trees, I found it interesting that I had to use buildings and streets as reference to where the trees were located. Trees and streets seem to contrast, so as a result I created a textural, spatial map of the landscaping beds that each individual tree lie within. I photographed each tree and printed the textures and shapes of the tree and landscape on birch wood, each piece named by its GPS location, to allow for universal mapping and as an easier way to locate the tree’s space.