Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has custom-built a record player that is able to “play” cross-sectional slices of tree trunks. The result is his artpiece “Years,” an audio recording of tree rings being read by a computer and turned into music, much like a record player’s needle reads the grooves on an LP. It gives us not only a sense of nature’s message, but a perspective on a unique arrangement of sounds that would be impossible to interpret through any other medium.
Adults who spent three days in forests by trees and plants have dramatically boost levels of cancer-fighting proteins and natural killer cells, reflecting lower stress. In Japan, where shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” has long been recognized as an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Another study demonstrated that young men who spent just 15 minutes sitting in the woods instead of the city experienced significant drops in heart rate and salivary cortisol.