Art against deforestation, Echaroux ‘paints’ with light – The highest spruce trees take on the faces of Indians along the Crans Montana Lantern Trail in Switzerland of the Amazon, become ‘human’, drawing attention to a phenomenon now out of control: the deforestation of the largest tropical rainforest on the planet. It is the ‘exhibition’ of the French artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux, known for his intervention to safeguard the green lung of the earth. His works are made of light projected on the trees.

About 1,500 people protect 250,000 hectares of forest

The work around this project dates back to 2016 when Echaroux took his camera and got to know the reality of the Amazonian tribe Paiter-Surui, a population of about 1,500 people who protect about 250,000 hectares of forest between Rondônia and the Mato Grosso. Their story is that of a people that was almost decimated, until he found legitimacy with the Almir Suruí government. He, a modern and technologically advanced leader, is responsible for the 2007 agreement with Google Earth Outreach to protect their territory.

The ‘Amazonia’ project will be born from Echaroux’s meeting with the indigenous people, which includes the three portraits projected in the woods of the Swiss town. The faces of men and women of the tribe take shape on the trees, in a vision that changes according to the distance at which you are. The details are defined and dissolve to the eye. The impact and the suggestion are strong. The ‘exhibition’ is located along a snowy path of a couple of kilometers, illuminated only by the warm light of the lanterns. And it will be visible until the end of the season.



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