Exhibiting documentary

The OUR TREE installation, or exhibiting documentary, is a three channel video projection and sound work. It is comprised of video, stills, music and sounds created, shot and recorded by welders, engineers, blacksmiths, volunteers, film-makers, musicians and the general public brought together through the creation of The Blacksmiths Tree.

The three channels are played simultaneously for a full 12 minutes with the closing scene across all three channels featuring the completed tree filmed in time-lapse with The Milky Way overhead. The work can be either projected or replayed via three high definition screens as described in the image below.

Channels 1, 2 and 3
Channels 1, 2 and 3

Dur: 12 minutes


  • 3 x HD projectors or wall mounted LCD screens
  • Multi-channel video replay and loop software
    • HD Sync, 3 x WDTV Live devices, 3 x USB sticks, ethernet cable, ethernet hub – see www.syncstarter.org for details.
    • MultiScreener (MAC Intel PPC) see www.zachpoff.com/software/multiscreener/ for details.


  • Exhibition videos with 5 sec black trailer
  • Encoded in both MPEG2 /MT2 and MPEG4

The following video is a single channel tryptich version created for Light In Winter 2014, Federation Square, Melbourne.

For more information contact Andrew Garton.

…tells the story of how an Australian and international community of blacksmiths, welders, artists and volunteers responded to the devastating Black Saturday bush-fires by creating perhaps the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – a three tonne, 9.8 meter tall stainless steel and copper gum tree – The Blacksmiths' Tree.