Our Tree – Micro-doc

The Blacksmiths Tree was conceived of a week after the Black Saturday Fires, 14 February 2009. Our Tree charts the journey of its creation to its public unveiling on 30 November 2013.

Producer / Director / Editor – Andrew Garton
Director of Photography / Grader – Mike Wilkins

Drone video courtesy of  I-Drone, Brett Chilton and Michael Prinzi

Archival footage courtesy of Warwick Page
Timelapse footage courtesy of Barry Thomas

After The Fires / Invention in Time
Courtesy Kate Adam and Ariel Valent

Julia / Charles Brown
Courtesy Charles Brown

The Steel of People
Words by Neil Grant, Amanda Gibson, Music by Colin James
Performed by Colin James  and Mirranda Burton

Courtesy of Carolyn Chalton, The Davey’s, Neil Grant, Amanda Gibson, Georgia Munroe, Joji Mori, Kerry Cross, Rachel Cavill, Rob Tarrant, Wendy Gottlieb

Mahony Keily, Amanda Gibson, Barbara Joyce, Laura Emerick, The Black Saturday Museum

The Australian Governments regional arts program the Regional Arts Fund, Victoria, City of Whittlesea The Dunmoochin Foundation, Baseline I-Drone, The Tree Project and The Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria)

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.


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…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.