A Tree Killing a Whale

by Justin

A bit of Friday lightness. The British Kew Gardens joined with an organization called Velvet to launch an excellent children’s competition with the following prompt:

Imagine your dream tree! What does it look like? What grows on it? What kinds of insects, animals and birds live there? Let your imagination run wild and then draw a picture of this amazing tree.

Every entry is rewarded with a new tree planted and a special certificate honoring that contribution to ‘Trees for Cities.’ And then special prizes are available to the winners selected in the competition. The Guardian covered it in an online gallery showcasing a good range of artistic skill and childlike insanity. Gems include some sort of demon lurking below the branches, a space shuttle being launched from a treetop, and the Wicker Man with a blue heart. The top honors, however, will no doubt be awarded to the child who imagined a golden, spiral-bleeding tree strangling the screaming body of a whale, all suspended above green flames:

Really exceptional work.