Inspired by our previous research on Bonsai, we want to explore more on the senses of plants in order to rethink the relationship between human and nature.
What life is really like for the grass we walk on, the flowers we sniff?
How would a plant feel if we touch it?
Can plant feel pain?
Can plant see, hear or smell?
We read a book called “What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses”, in which biologist Daniel Chamovitz takes us into the lives of different types of plants and explores how plants experience our shared earth – through sight, smell, touch, hearing, memory, and even awareness.
For instance, plants can distinguish between light of different colors.
They are aware of aromas and also gravity: special plant cells function like our inner ear, allowing roots and growing tips to sense which way is up or down.
Plants know when they are being touched. Touch a beech tree’s branches and “the tree will remember it was touched. But it won’t remember you”.
Trees even communicate with one another, releasing airborne chemical signals to warn their neighbors when they are attacked.
In our piece, we want to draw parallels between plant senses and human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with plants than we may realize. And during the interaction with a real plant , to inspire people to seek a greater understanding of our place in nature.