Ecotonoha: The Giving Tree

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Computers continue to learn new tricks. In a web based project for NEC, Yugo Nakamura has created this "word" tree which grows and sprouts leaves as people add hopeful words throughout each day. In an effort to combat global warming, NEC has pledged to plant new trees for every 100 leaves added to these virtual trees. We find this kind of creative environmental thinking and web based art inspiring and heartening. It supports the very idea of nature, even while it abstracts it. Mr. Nakamura has a fascinating website of other interactive designs at, and NEC has a good description of their tree planting activities in Australia here. (via Josh Rubin) MGR