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The Soulful Tree

This photo art project was inspired by the olive tree. There is something quite special about the olive tree; its trunk, its entangled roots and its firm yet feather-like leaves, as seen in the still blooming photo art project The Soulful Tree.

It traces ancient ideas of the mythological and biblical olive tree, the one which symbolizes love, peace and creation.

Inspired by the dry painting technique of the old masters, Ingrid Bugge uses these ideas to create twenty different interpretations of the soulful tree theme, photographed in the bucolic Italian scenery.

The soulful tree is a multi-media project composed of visual photo and drawing interpretations, an exhibition of 15 pieces, a book including the stories which set frame to the art project alongside the works, and ceramic pictures.


For thousands of years, tales have been written and told about the soul of the olive tree. It has been mystified and entangled with symbolic meaning.
The Soulful Tree book project reveals these stories, written by Danish actress and performer Vigga Bro, as they are intertwined between Bugge´s pieces.
Printed on acid free elephant dung paper, the images are bound together in this hand-made artist book. The hand-made book is made in 25 editions.