Digital art meets Landscape art, 2016.
The Encoded Forest is an experiment in preserving information — in this case, a wifi password — long term and through organic, living materials rather than bits and bytes.
We — the World Wide West team —wrote a simple Processing app that translated any wifi password into Unicode standard and then into ‘tree binary’, with trees for 1’s and blank spaces for 0’s. Over the course of 4 days, WWW summit participants together planted 128 redwood trees in a large grid while performing various land-clearing rituals.
The forest is expected to live for thousands of years, but will require care as it is prone to corruption from deer, gopher and volunteer trees. Future wifi-seekers at will be instructed to walk along the forest to decode the password among the trees.