#6 A very weird elf -Memory Palace of Tree Stories




Memory Palace of Tree Stories on video continues with a story from wood sculptor Zhu Jinghua . 




Hello, I am Zhu Jinghua from China. Today, I will share with you a story of tree roots and elves. The trees we usually see are  tall canopies,  composed of branches, trunks and leaves.

But we overlooked a very important part, the roots of the tree. In order for the tree roots to absorb nutrients, they grow many interesting roots with different textures, shapes, and thicknesses. These roots are organized together, and you will find emerging from this , is a very weird elf.


I recently met Zhu Jinghua on an artist residency in Yunnan, yet we both live in Beijing .  He is a practitioner and also teaches woodcarving at China Academy of Arts .




 I had in fact met him briefly two years previously but I was not aware of who he was . We first encountered each other in a very deep nitrate cave behind a waterfall in Sichuan near the town of Shawan . I have even used images of his outline in an artwork and now I know who that figure is. 










Open Call for your tree story on video 

Memory Palace of Trees is socio- ecological art practice which invites your participation to tell a story (or give some kind of information) about trees. It is a social enquiry of how to live better with the planet and with people by sharing tree stories. 

Memory Palace of Trees will continue in 2022. The submissions are video format. If you have a story you can tell in less than a minute , please  find your favorite tree and video yourself  on your phone telling the story. I can help with adding the English or Chinese subtitles.  Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is  clear as possible . If you have any questions about this. Also, If you are in Beijing I can meet up with you and assist in the filming .

Looking forward to hearing from you.   I can be contacted directly on this platform.