autumn has come and the trees around here started to lose their leaves after they changed colour… and i immediately understood this is the trees’ natural way to communicate, they indicate the time of year by their leaves’ colour and dropping them. i want to work with this.
first proposal: the “gerichtslinde”:
in front of the town hall or the department of justice here in berlin, an existing tree is equipped with devices that are able to drop colured pieces of paper. for every crime that is commited, one piece is dropped. the time interval can be calculated using the crime stats of berlin, for example in 2005, 502.175 cases have been registered, which makes 1375 cases per day which makes 57 cases per hour which makes approximately one case per minute. so every minute one leaf would fall.
using different colours, preferably from a natural green-brown color scale, information could be given about the case being solved or not or the type of crime.
second proposal: the hanging tree.
there are lots of countries in the world that still have death penalty. near their embassies in berlin the same principle of the falling leaves is used in order to show how many people get killed in that country…
besides of that it would be beautiful to have a tree dropping leaves in winter with the beginning of springtime printed to them…