project History

Visiting Eucalyptus is an art project designed by Damian Barbeler and Tim Jetis. The idea was to go out and visit diverse eucalyptus trees as inspiration for an photographic art installation, a book and finally a classical art music piece.

For more than six months Damian and Tim visited trees around NSW, in Queensland, Tasmania and even Hawaii. The trees they met were as diverse as the geographical environments. From the Spotted Gum to the Rainbow Gum, the Monkey Gum to the Flooded Gum, they found a staggering diversity in texture, colour, shape and even smell in the trees of this most iconic of Australian genuses.

As they continued on this multi-art en plain air experience, various sounds and shapes began to emerge in their imaginations. These ideas became the foundation for three artworks, a point of arrival and public sharing of these discoveries.

this Website

This site has been designed to give our audience a behind the scenes look at the journey that went into making Visiting Eucalyptus. It is also a means to share the various photos, writing and other materials which were created along the way. Readers are encouraged to contribute their knowledge also...  If you can identify a tree that we can't, then please do share in the comments areas provided.


Damian and Tim

March 2018

Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the past and present traditional, first nation Elders and peoples of Australia. They are the true custodians of this

country and we celebrate and cherish their ancient and continuing creative and spiritual engagement with this land.

We are grateful to those indigenous people of various nations on mainland Australia and the Torres Strait Islands who have warmly and kindly shared their traditional insights with us. We are mindful of the custodianship of the traditional owners of the past and present of the different lands we travel through for this work. We are conscious of what a special thing it is to be helped into a deeper understanding of the Australian landscape.

© 2020 By Damian Barbeler and Tim Jetis