Crown Shyness

Crown shyness is a phenomenon observed in clusters of the same tree species in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with river-like gaps. It's believed to be an adaptive response to avoid branches colliding, pests spreading and minimizing the harmful effects of competition.

The comic was inspired by what has happened and changed around me during the first 6 months when the Covid-19 pandemic started. The spring arrived and I felt that all trees and plants started growing and blooming more widely than ever during the time of our lockdown. Especially here in Berlin, there are so many plants and tall trees attached to the facade of buildings that makes the streets of my neighbourhood amazingly beautiful. This vivid vibe and the new normal of keeping the distance between us reminded me of the crown shyness phenomenon between trees. Adding a pinch of fantasy to the comic, I imagine a moment when people realise that growing and living fully without harmful effects is something that has always been in our nature. 

 



樹冠羞避

樹冠羞避(Crown Shyness)為樹種在森林中共生下產生的適應性行為,會發生在同種與不同種樹之間。他們的樹冠互不遮擋,形成一個溝狀的開口。藉此避免相互擦傷、碰撞,以及害蟲傳播。

在避免外出的新冠疫情期間,唯一能感受到時間變化的是透過窗戶感受季節的更替。疫情爆發初期幾個月,我看著房間窗前的樹從光禿禿的枝幹生出新芽接著長成茂密的葉。在我當時居住的城市柏林中,樹與植物們似乎在這段期間長得更加恣意旺盛。這一切再加上人與人保持距離的現象,使我聯想到大自然樹冠羞避的特性,因此繪製了這個短篇故事,藉以抒發現在保持距離的「新常態」。突然領悟到其實這種特性早已存在於自然定律,萬物更因而得以繁榮共存。



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