Peter Burke is a Melbourne visual artist who works across digital media, drawing,painting, performance and mass media formats including billboards and newspaper headlines. His work investigates the relationship between art and advertising, the nature of constructed identity, and social narratives.
July 28 was National Tree Day, and Peter Burke with fellow artist Louise Lavarack promoted the idea of protecting urban trees by becoming active in collective tree hugging. For them, it was art, not politics.They moved around the city and hugged an estimated 300 trees, leaving a ''This tree has been hugged'' note on the embraced tree. It was done with a spirit of fun, but with a message of awareness. There were several ''group hugs'' of trees as interested passers-by became involved.
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