Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

KYLE Hughes-Odgers took to the streets of Perth last week to spruik his new book in the best way he knows how – with art.

The na­tion­ally-recog­nised Fre­man­tle-based artist took over the front win­dows of High Street’s New Edi­tion book­store, Dy­mocks in Joondalup and Vic­to­ria Park’s Crow Books, de­sign­ing and hand-paint­ing a spe­cial piece for each store to pro­mote his new book One Thou­sand Trees.

Hughes-Odgers said the book, told through the day­dreams of a young girl, was all about teach­ing chil­dren to ap­pre­ci­ate na­ture and to use their cre­ativ­ity to bet­ter the world.

“I love vis­it­ing Bo­ranup for­est and I thought there could pos­si­bly be an idea in a day­dream book about trees,” he said.

“I have trav­elled to many big cities across the world and think the built en­vi­ron­ment is re­lent­less – it would be nice for chil­dren in Perth or Tokyo or Ber­lin to have a lit­tle re­minder to think about the nat­u­ral world.

“This book is def­i­nitely en­cour­ag­ing kids to ex­plore the nat­u­ral world. It’s the most real thing we have but we might take it for granted in Aus­tralia be­cause we have some much space and so few cities.

One Thou­sand Trees is avail­able from www.fre­mantlepres­

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d470184

Artist and au­thor Kyle Hughes-Odgers with copy of his book One Thou­sand Trees.

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