the First Oath

performance / web work  2020-2021

w/ partners

Arts Council of Indianapolis

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Windsor Park Neighborhood

Windsor Park

The First Oath is a performance/online work created for the Windsor Park Neighborhood located in downtown Indianapolis.  summer20-spring21.

 

The goal of the project is simply to give every tree in the Windsor Park neighborhood a name. Weekly naming performances will happen through the neighborhood and posted below and through social feeds.

 

Background:

We have seen more construction and renovation in downtown neighborhoods then ever before. More often than not when an old home becomes a tear down, new construction means the removal of precious trees. Unfortunately, builders and developers often see large old trees as obstacles and not assets for value.

Rapidly trees aged 100+ years are being removed to make room for homes larger than intended lot sizes. This drastically shrinks green space and tree shade cover in our neighborhoods. We must actively consider how  landscape affects the health of its occupants.  

  

The name First Oath is taken from Druidism ceremonial acts of giving an object or person a spiritual name. Trees where worshiped by the Druids and played a vital role in all aspects of their lives. Calendar weeks were named after tree's and given a symbol. Each weekly upload will follow this calendar system Performances consist of a witness and the naming shaman.  

Zone Map

Click a zone to see name map for area.

Named Zones

 Zones yet to be named 

New Zones are added weekly in no particular order

 

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Naming Performance Date 8-17-20

 

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Naming Performance Date 8-17-20

 

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Naming Performance Date 8-23-20

 

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Naming Performance Date 8-23-20