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The friendship alliance between France and Costa Rica was inaugurated on 8 April 2022 with the photography exhibition called “Paris-Costa-Rica: L’amitié par les Arbres” – “Paris-Costa-Rica: Friendship through Trees.”

The exhibition is a series of photographs of trees on the perimeter railings of the Paris City Hall in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The exhibition will continue until 9 May 2022. 

The photographers are Giancarlo Pucci and Georges Feterman. Giancarlo Pucci is a Costa Rican photographer and founder of the non-government organization (NGO) Arboles Magicos – Magic Trees. Georges Feterman is a French photographer and the president of the association A.R.B.R.E.S. Both men aim to show trees from crown to root in their photographs while forming collaborative pathways for friendship through nature.

The photographs are in two parts: 1) trees in the urban streets of the City of Paris, and 2) trees in the forests of the country of Costa Rica in Central America. Costa Rica is one of the top 20 countries in the world for biodiversity, representing 6.5% of the world’s biodiversity, particularly in forests and mangroves.  

The photography project is a collaboration between A.R.B.R.E.S., Magic Trees, the Embassy of Costa Rica in Paris, the Paris City Hall and the City of Paris, and the Cotarician Institute of Tourism. It is part of the City of Paris promotion for the greening of public spaces, green spaces, and biodiversity. A.R.B.R.E.S., established in 1994, means ‘trees’ and is an acronym for Arbres Remarquables: Bilan, Recherche, Etudes et Sauvegarde – Remarkable Trees: Assessment, Research, Studies, and Safeguarding. The members of A.R.B.R.E.S. and Magic Trees promote and protect trees. 

Photographed in Paris, France, April 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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