biophilia treehouse: overview

the biophilia treehouse is a public arts initiative to create and grow a series of living sculptures using native trees and plants that together constitute a complete ecosystem for some of l.a.’s most threatened birds. when built in sequence, a series of biophilia treehouses form a wildlife corridor for these birds that reconnect fractured habitat, especially in dense urban parts of our city where environmental inequities abound.

in collaboration with our community partners, we co-create artistic insignia onto the structure that tells the story of the community’s relationship to the land. the ground floor of each biophilia treehouse sculpture is used by our education-based community partners as an outdoor classroom for arts + science instruction to primary school students. the biophilia treehouse is about the co-creation of art and storytelling with communities, arts and science education, biodiversity and the reconnection of bird habitats, and responding to inequities in access to park space.

our philosophy: healthy ecologies result in healthy communities

biophilia treehouse is grounded in the framework of one health, a global initiative that asserts that the health of humans, non-human animals, and the environment are intricately connected and co-dependent. humans are not separate from nature. we believe that human societies are healthy insofar as the natural environments + ecologies into which they are embedded are healthy.