Part of the hanging forest

By Manny Hernandez

[Update, 04.27.11: Watch a video of the “In the Forest” art installation.]

“Do not touch, please!” Ever heard that phrase at an art gallery? If you have, this Earth Day (and in fact, all of April and part of May) you should come by The Art Thou Gallery on 1861 Solano Ave. in Berkeley. A group of six artists from the East Bay have created In The Forest, an installation featuring 2D and 3D sculptures of trees suspended above the gallery floor that visitors are invited to interact with.

In this installation, visitors can explore the exhibit through touch, sound and sight, shifting the configuration of the sculptures on the suspended tracks, altering images, video, audio recordings and even adding live sound to the installation by voicing into amplification tubes extending from above.

Come celebrate Earth Day (April 22) between 6 and 10 pm at The Art Thou Gallery (free admission, in case you’re wondering). Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages, be part of the creation and support local Bay Area art and music by celebrated local bands Whiskerman and Foxtails Brigade… In The Forest.

The exhibit and pieces were conceived and created by Andreina Davila, Claire Tompkins, Chrysta Giffen, Drew Dara Abrams, Kaitlin McSweeney and Susanna Davy. Adam Scradam offered technical support. For more details, visit

Manny Hernandez is a Berkeley-based nonprofit executive, diabetes advocate, social media author and consultant. He is the husband of Andreina Davila, one of the artists responsible for In The Forest. He blogs at

Installing the exhibit

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