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Trees Of The Planet – Art Book

A precious art book inspired by our connection to trees. With hundreds of submissions by 109 celebrated artists from around the world.

Trees Of The Planet – Art Book

A precious art book inspired by our connection to trees. With hundreds of submissions by 109 celebrated artists from around the world.

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About

Sarah and Niklas amongst Balinese trees

Hello! We are Sarah and Niklas Weiss from Germany, art book designers for almost 20 years. Together with our team, we develop unique book concepts and realize the designs and production of truly special art books for prominent international publishing houses, the great museums of the world, governments and even royal noble houses.  

One of our creations for the Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman

We feel deeply moved by trees; as bookmakers they provide the precious “prima materia” for our beloved craft, and as humans, our first and last breath. We love being amongst trees, and bathing in their energy and grace. This is the most special project we were inspired to create: a precious art book about our connection to trees.

The Project

 “Trees Of The Planet will be our masterpiece, our greatest work” – Niklas Weiss, Master Bookmaker 

The big edition on the book stand (detail)
The big edition on the book stand (detail)

Back in 2014, we began inviting celebrated photographers and artists from all over the world to be a part of this project. They collectively submitted 108 photographs and artworks inspired by trees, illustrating the depth of our connection. Five years on, with their incredible contribution, we can finally realize the vision of this amazing exhibition art book!

Artists The World Over 

Here is the list of artists: Baber Afzal, Andrea Alborno, Rafael Araujo, Andre Arment, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Bruce Barnbaum, Sandra Bartocha, Jeremy Barrett, Richard Bavin, Ivan Bernal Palli, Herbert Böttcher, Fabio Borquez, Jakob Bosch, Johann Bottos, Emma Buckmaster, Neil Burnell, Adam Burton, Christophe Cassegrain, Riccardo Cavallari, Pierre Choinière, Angus Clyne, Blaze Cyan, Stephen Dalton, Cameron Davidson, Nora Drugan, Frang Dushaj, Arwen Dyer, Toshio Enomoto, Klaus Fengler, Mirko Fikentscher, Janet French, Claudia Gannon, Klaus-Martin Gareis, Ruediger Glatz, Volker Glatz, Sean Goswell, Georg Grainer, Natasha Gudermane, Kai-Uwe Gundlach, Kalle Gustafsson, Norbert Guthier, Stefan Hahn, David Anthony Hall, Orsolya Haarberg, Melanka Helms, Gabriel Hemery, Sandra Herber, Volkmar Herre, Josef Hoflehner, Tony Howell, Stefan Isaksson, Vincent James, Ciril Jazbec, Emmanuel Joly, Ken Kaminesky, Joan Marie Kelly, Luc Kordas, Anita Kovacevic, Frank Krahmer, Myoung Ho Lee, Anke Linz, Emma Livingston, Brita Lomba, D.P. Mahardika, Marie-Reine Mattera, Fiona Mcintyre, Peggy Meder, Bas Meelker, Paul Milburn, Beth Moon, Simon Norfolk, Kip Nunn, Andreas Oettinger, ReD Ognita, Uwe Ommer, Karmen Orlic, Steve Parish, Julian Perry, Patrick Pfeiffer, Mirela Mirpi Pindjak, Raghu Rai, Rankin, Emil Rashkovski, Oliver Rath, Arsen Revazov, Joel Rhodin, Roger M. Richards, Florian Ritter, Norbert Rosing, Linda Sbath, Christian Schmidt, Kristel Schneider, Kilian Schönberger, Janek Sedlar, Damian Shields, Lesley Slight, Hans Strand, Per Sundell, Rachel Sussman, Philippe Tapissier, Juliet Taylor, Ellen Von Unwerth, Lars van de Goor, Louis Volkmann, Kuki Walsch, Hiroshi Watanabe, Michael Wolf, Art Wolfe, Yusup Yogaswara, Mohammad Al Zubair

A Word From The Artists

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The Rewards

Salon Book Edition

The big edition is seriously spectacular. 

Full cover of the big edition
Full cover of the big edition

A special braghetta bound hardcover with extra strong boards and a rounded back. On the front cover, an image by the Swedish photographer Hans Strand, showing a birch bark, printed on 4 different layers of paper with a "cotton touch", lasered out in different shapes and glued together again to make a uniquely beautiful design:

A detail of the prototype's birch bark print
A detail of the prototype's birch bark print

The book title on the spine is gold foiled. A most special highlight of the book's fitting is the project's logo on the front bottom part. It’s done by inlays of real dry moss and fallen pieces of tree bark collected from the European Alps, quite a demanding and meticulous task for the bookbinder.

Stand Assembly

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 Specifications

  • 35 x 50 x 7 cms (13,7 x 19,6 x 2,7  in)
  • 500 pages
  • 12 kg
  • Hardcover, Braghetta and Nastratura, strong board, lasered inlay in the front cover
  • Heavy Art paper matte
  • Wooden book stand
  • 2 golden ribbon markers

NOTE: This is a collector’s edition, never to be printed in that fitting again. We will not stock the books nor list them on Amazon. Both the salon and the coffee table editions will only be available during Kickstarter.

Coffee Table Edition

The coffee table edition is a fine bound book with an open spine, making it able to show the spreads almost totally flat when opened. The book is needle sewn with visible threads on the spine and has the title silkscreened on the folds. The cover shows Hans Strand's Birch Bark on a cotton touch paper. It will arrive at your doorstep very well protected in a custom mailer box.  

One copy of the trade edition (2 or 3)
One copy of the trade edition (1, 2 or 3)
Spreads from the Trees of the Planet coffee table edition

Specifications

  • 25 x 35 x 5 cm (9,8 x 13,7 x 1,9 in)
  • 4.2 Kg 
  • 544 pages
  • Bodoniana binding with open spine.
  • Heavy Art paper matte

NOTE: This is a collector’s edition, never to be printed in that fitting again. We will not stock the books nor list them on Amazon. Both the salon and the coffee table editions will only be available during Kickstarter.

 Reward Option – EARLY BIRDS! 

The first 100 to order 1 copy of the coffee table edition, our "early birds", will also receive the front inlay that we created for the Big edition Cover. It is the birch bark motive from Hans Strand, printed on 4 layers of a cotton fibre paper and lasered along the bark lines, then assembled together.

Reward Option – 2 Copies of Coffee Table Edition 

2 copies of the trade edition, maybe one for you and one as a gift (4)
2 copies of the trade edition, maybe one for you and one as a gift (4)

Reward Option – 3 Copies of Coffee Table Edition 

Three copies of the trade edition without gift box (5)
Three copies of the trade edition (5)

Co2 Compensation

Help us significantly compensate for CO2 emission; with your backing we will plant trees in a part of the world to be determined.

Your Name On It

Become listed as our supporter with your name and location on the endpapers in the front and in the back of the coffee table book edition.  

Your name and location printed in white color on the endpapers in front and back of the book)
Your name and location printed in white color on the endpapers in front and back of the book)

TIMELINE

Crowdfunding timeline

BUDGET 

Credits

Kickstarter videos: Inhar Lozano Ugarte (film-footage, editing); Kashfi Halford (film-footage); Burger-Film (film-footage); Christian Schmidt (film-footage); Cameron Davidson (film-footage); Stefan Isaksson (film-footage); Felix Wallbaum (film-footage); Dimabalanfilms, Adobe Stock (film-footage); Ruvim Miksanskiy, Pexels (film-footage); Stefanie Ringshofer (mockups); Music: ES Beyond Exploding Stars - Of Water.mp3; ES Gamma Ray - Hector Posser.mp3; Thanks to Workshop Bali — Contemporary Culture Space, Sayan, Ubud for lettings us film all text parts in their premises. | Artists: Kai Engel 04 Moonlight Reprise, thanks to www.freemusicarchive.com. Footage: Ruvim Miksanskiy, thanks to Pexels. | Mounting the book stand: Blue Dot Sessions 10 Chicken Steak, thanks to www.freemusicarchive.com. Footage: Pixabay: "Aerial Shot Of Trees" thanks to Pexels. Other: Uplifting Cinematic Piano - AShamaluevMusic thanks to www.freemusicarchive.com.

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity … and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."

William Blake

Risks and challenges

The fact that we’ve making artbooks for so long has given us the experience, the suppliers and the skills to realize a project as unique as The Trees of the Planet. Due to our experience we are also able to guarantee quality and price stability. This is our daily business.

The book is laid out, the contracts are done, the prototyping is done, the images are prepared for print, the furniture has been built. Everything that needed inventing or thinking, that was challenging or demanding, lies behind us. We can totally focus on you and on Kickstarter.

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    Depending on the final quantity of books produced we have to compensate for CO2, energy and pulp consumption. This pledge allows us to plant 4 trees. 80 trees theoretically compensate for 1 ton of CO2 produced.

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