One of the prevailing symbolic images that came out of the 9/11 attacks was the "Survivor Tree," a lone callery pear tree that was discovered in the rubble at Ground Zero. Though the tree, considered the last living thing to leave the site, sustained significant damage, it was nursed back to health in the Bronx, and has since earned a spot at the National 9/11 Memorial plaza. Now, a filmmaker has documented the tree's journey to and from the WTC site, in a short Narrative.ly video titled "The Tree That Would Not Be Broken." Take a look:
Filmmaker Scott Elliott plans to incorporate the Survivor Tree's story in a full-length film "documenting the epic journey of over 400 swamp white oak trees from their home in special cradles in the New Jersey countryside to the landscaped plaza of the 9/11 Memorial," according to a press release. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get the film—which also focuses on the landscapers and architects that helped transform the plaza into a meaningful public space—through post-production. The campaign seeks $50K, and runs through July 13th.