Video: “If Trees Could Sing,” an installation by The Nature Conservancy and Trees Atlanta on the Atlanta BeltLine

By Felipe Barral – May 20, 2016

If you’ve wandered around on the Atlanta BeltLine lately, odds are you’ve seen some trees sporting curious placards placed in front of them. The signs display a musician and some information about the tree itself, for instance, Amy Grant and a Pecan Tree. What may come off initially as an odd pairing is actually a creative initiative by The Nature Conservancy and Trees Atlanta, who organized a number of cultural icons to speak on how the trees benefit our community and our ecosystem and the importance of conservation (making them a kind of modern-day take on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Over 15 different artists participated in the project, including Reba McEntire, Béla Fleck, Ben Folds, 8Ball, Will Hoge and Taylor Hicks. ArtsATL videographer Felipe Barral took some time to take a deeper look at the installation.–Laura Relyea

About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

About Trees Atlanta
Trees Atlanta is a nationally-recognized nonprofit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and maintained more than 113,000 trees. For more information about Trees Atlanta, call 404-522-4097 or visit