Aerial Relocation Service

March 13, 2024

Small parachutes released from a basket in the sky.
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Some of our best friends play golf.

Seriously. But we’re not that into it. It’s not just all the pesticides, fertilizers, water consumption, obstructed flood plains and fish migrations. It’s also the whiff of patriarchal privilege and work-masquerading-as-leisure that hangs about it.

So when Early Majority member Krzysztof Wroński shared his work with us, we loved it. As trees are threatened by changing climate and increasingly inhospitable conditions at Southern latitudes, Krzysztof is exploring playful approaches to their assisted migration, moving seeds to new locations within a particular species' historical range. 

Two images: on the right features an open basket filled with paper parachutes. On the left a man is assembling the parachutes on a blue tarp.
Two images: on the top features an open basket filled with paper parachutes. On the bottom a man is assembling the parachutes on a blue tarp.

Using a commercial drone, a remotely operable basket, and a series of biodegradable parachutes made of kraft paper and straw, Krzysztof takes acorns dropped from oak trees near the urban and built environment and relocates them to locations where they have a greater chance to thrive in the long-term. The tools and practice can also be used to make a political statement, for example, by dropping acorns onto a golf course to challenge the practice of managing landscapes in highly humanistic and structured ways.

Two images: on the left is a table with hand made parachutes laid out and small plastic bags. The same three bags are featured on the right image closeup.
Two images: on the top is a table with hand made parachutes laid out and small plastic bags. The same three bags are featured on the bottom image closeup.
Two images: on the right is a drone lifting a basket from a field. On the left is a close up of acorns on paper with string.
Two images: on the bottom is a drone lifting a basket from a field. On the top is a close up of acorns on paper with string.
A close up of a basket in the air being lifted by a drone.
A close up of a basket in the air being lifted by a drone.
Acorn attached to string in a grassy field.
Acorn attached to string in a grassy field.

Photos and video provided by Krzysztof Wroński.