Arboreal Locomotion is an Art Exhibit about life: The life of animal species in trees and the correlation between them. In habitats where trees are present, animals have evolved to move in them. Some animals may scale trees only occasionally but others are exclusively arboreal. Human expansion, greed, and power are some of the causes destroying entire ecosystems. This exhibit is a eulogy, and in a sad way, an elegy to trees and animals of our planet.
For the Maya, the Tree of Life, called Yaxche, is traditionally a Ceiba tree. This is a tall tree with large buttressed roots, a remarkably straight trunk, and a high horizontal crown. The roots are said to shelter bats, symbolic of the underworld. The trunk teems with insect life, and attracts the animals and birds that feed on them. The crown spreads wide over the jungle canopy, often with four branches that would suggest the four cardinal directions that are so significant to the Maya. The eagles that roost there represent the celestial realm.
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