The Bone Tree Project

"Man is a singular creature. He has a set of gifts which make him unique among animals, so that, unlike them, he is not a figure in the landscape- he is a shaper of the landscape. In body and in mind he is the explorer of nature, the ubiquitous animal who did not find but has made his home in every continent."
Jacob Bronowski . The Ascent of Man. 1973

The ‘Bone Tree Project’ is a ‘landscape and environmental art’ initiative here at Los Gázquez which aims to restore the biodiversity of native ecosystems to land that has fallen out of conventional cultivation through changes in climate and the agrarian economy. It is an exploration of the human condition by engaging directly in the environment, knowing it’s past and shaping and preserving it’s future. The goal is to ecologically create value and awareness of land which is being returned to nature through art.

We have dedicated two large tracts of land to the scheme. ‘La Barranca’ and ‘Los Pinos’, (see above). Revenue for the project will be supplemented by donations from enthusiastic parties. The motivation to 'give' will be augmented by donors being able to update the progress of the scheme via a 'blog' which will be a forum and a diary of the project.

The ‘blog’ will record the project's progress. It will catalogue new arrivals, successes, failures, plant life and wildlife. Other media events such as exhibitions and ‘press releases’ will support the scheme. It will be a documentary celebrating the rebirth of a forgotten plot of land.

The ‘Bone Tree Project’ will represent a piece in a patchwork of global bio-diversity. It’s value shall be no less than it’s neighbours.