Artist Lina Dib’s, Sounds of Tomorrow – The Oracle Tree, is a beautiful and majestic pine tree located in a prominent spot within phase one of Houston’s Exploration Green Conservancy. Currently on view, around the tree is a bench that offers park goers somewhere to sit and enjoy the brilliant surroundings of the island in the center of the lake. Though Exploration Green Conservancy is relatively new, it is already home to hundreds of birds including ducks, egrets and more.
As viewers stop to enjoy this stunning vantage point, they may notice that this pine tree is no ordinary tree. Two small speakers mounted in the tree play sounds relating to tomorrow’s weather. The soundtracks, recorded by Dib, feature various textures and open-air recordings from the park, as well as collected sounds of insects, birds and other species. Park visitors can sit on Dib’s bench and listen to Sounds of Tomorrow – The Oracle Tree to hear tomorrow’s forecast and learn about current inhabitants of the conservancy through her installation.
Dib’s installation highlights the multi-faceted possibilities of public art and is revolutionary in its multi-sensory capacity, engaging audiences and inviting them to experience the sights and sounds of the Exploration Green Conservancy in a new and exciting way.
Lina Dib was born in Montreal and currently lives and works in Houston. Dib is a multidisciplinary artist and has a PhD in anthropology. Her installations and compositions range from the experimental to the ethnographic and investigate socio-technical and ecological change. Dib is an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University in Montreal and is a professor and fellow at Rice University in the Program in Writing and Communication and the Center for Environmental Studies. Dib’s work has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, AMIDA’s European training program, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Moody Center for the Arts among others. Recent exhibitions include Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco, Lawndale Art Center Houston, MOP Projects Sydney, Day for Night, Galveston Arts Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Discovery Green, Governor’s Island NY, the Whitney Biennial 2017, and Johnson Space Center NASA. Her work has been featured by numerous media networks and publications, including The Art Newspaper, Arts + Culture Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Glasstire, Houston’s PaperCity, Fox News, KPFT and Vice.