Tree Tumors Tesselate in Strange CGI Timelapses

When nature calls, don't answer if it looks this weird.

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Aug 18 2016, 12:30pm

cones from broom zone on Vimeo.

A series of confusing, perplexing, and unsettling "timelapses" of trees take animator Julian Glander's latest works into Rick and Morty territory. Broom.Zone was created during a residency at an agriculture-meets-art-project called the Folly Tree Arboretum. Located at the eastern end of Long Island, the plant sanctuary hosts rare flora, landscape installations—and even experiments with radiation—that suit founder Tucker Marder's interest in nature's inherent sense of humor.

With subjects including an exact genetic clone of the tree that Hippocrates taught medicine under, Glander animated Broom.Zone's short concepts en plain air, sitting on a ladder, as the story goes, with his laptop in the August heat. "My understanding is that's not a super common process among animators, but I'd be happy to see that change. It was super liberating to get out of a desk chair," he tells The Creators Project. "Some of the pieces explore how there can be slight differences even between trees that have identical DNA, which is one of the ways that evolution occurs in trees. Some are just really goofy exaggerations of processes like fruit-bearing." The series is named after the "broom," which is when a section of a tree grows differently than the rest, like a tumor. Find that and more funny flora phenomenon in the animations below:

armature from broom zone on Vimeo.

nice broom from broom zone on Vimeo.

fruit bearing from broom zone on Vimeo.

purple spores from broom zone on Vimeo.

See the full set here, and check out more of Julian Glander's work on his website. Click here to learn more about the Folly Tree Arboretum.

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