Upside-down trees

At the entrance to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams is a sculpture installation by the artist-experimenter, Natalie Jeremijenko, titled “Tree Logic.” This is part of an artists’ collective called the Bureau of Inverse Technology, which is concerned with creating devices and situations for the purpose of gathering overlooked facts.

But what is unique about this installation is that the six trees are hanging upside down! The shape of the tree in nature is the result of the tree growing away from the earth (gravitropics) and toward the sun (phototropics). This experiment proved that even when turned upside down, the branches still grow upward toward the sun—appearing unnatural, perhaps at first glance, yet not really so.

In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy describes sun as “the symbol of Soul governing man,—of Truth, Life, and Love” (p. 595). And our lives are naturally governed by and attracted to the light and warmth of Soul. This natural attraction is present even when the material picture has us turned upside down. And writing elsewhere of inverted images, Mrs. Eddy said, “Delusion, sin, disease, and death arise from the false testimony of material sense, which, from a supposed standpoint outside the focal distance of infinite Spirit, presents an inverted image of Mind and substance with everything turned upside down” (Science and Health, p. 301).

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