project History

Visiting Eucalyptus started as an music and photographic commission by Damian Barbeler and Tim Jetis fpr the Four Winds Festival in 2017. Over six months we went out and "visited" eucalyptus trees on the east coast of Australia as inspiration for a photographic art installation, a book and finally a classical art music composition. The project premiered in April 2018 at the Four Winds Festival.

The trees we met were as diverse as the geographical environments. From the Spotted Gum to the Rainbow Gum, the Monkey Gum to the Flooded Gum, we discovered a staggering diversity in texture, colour, shape and even smell in the trees of this most iconic of Australian genuses.

this Website

Damian and Tim have continued to make works inspired by trees. In preparation for a new phase of activity we are dusting off this website to feature our new projects and activities. The site has been designed to give our audience a behind the scenes look at the artistic journey of Visiting Eucalyptus. It is a means to share photos, writing and other materials. 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

August 2020

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