The Strange Tree Project

April 23, 2018
Posted in Programming
April 23, 2018 Kareem Henry

The Strange Tree Project



The “Strange Tree” project is an interactive fruit tree model generated by code. The idea was inspired by reason of song and forged by sheer creative intent. Moreover, with a vast and perpetual endeavor for equality ever affecting today’s modern society, creators dare to forge aesthetic pieces. In which, through means of artistic intent, said pieces ravish the thoughts and intent of its beholder.

          Historically, one the most widely known and famous example of such profound ambition is Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Mona Lisa” of 1503 according to Mary Strickson’s article entitle “Ten paintings that changed the world”, she states that it, “challenged how we create portraiture and changed the use of composition within art. It also raised questions about women’s role in art and changed art practice as it had been.” The Berlin Wall once stood as a partition isolating West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and East Berlin. Today, the wall has been painted over by various street artist and it represents beauty, freedom, and expression, as soon elegantly put by Mary.  Please read more examples HERE.

          Beginning this piece of art was daunting at its inception. I knew I wanted to do something artistic with computer code it was just a matter of what. The idea was inspired by Kiswanna Salter cover of Strange Fruit. This song, written by Abel Meeropol and performed by many artists (but most notably, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone,) is a dark and profound song about the lynching of African Americans in the Southern United States during the Jim Crow Era. Thus, with the most recent occurrence of unjust events, I thought it necessary to code an art piece to commemorate the ever-relevant black plight.

As a political weapon, it has helped me for 30 years defending the rights of American blacks and third-world people all over the world, to defend them with protest songs. To move the audience to make them conscious of what has been done to my people around the world.
Nina Simone

The Code

JavaScript | P5.js | Matter.js

First, to start the project my goal was to muster an artistic compilation with computer code. I know I wanted to you JavaScript and I know I wanted a tree-like structure.




The Tree


The Fruit


The Boundaries


The World

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