Crown Shyness, also known as canopy disengagement or intercrown spacing, is a phenomenon observed in some tree species in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other but instead form a canopy with channel-like gaps.

In 1920, this botanical phenomenon that give us beautiful and impressive images of certain forests was observed for the first time. In 1955, the botanist Maxwell R. Jacobs, described it as “crown shyness” after studying various populations of eucalyptus.

Using this information as a visual theme, Navid created a 3-Dimensional site specific installation concept. Working with 4 student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program, Navid created a multi-layered installation. Each element was cut to shape, hand painted and sealed. The project is located along an existing concrete wall on an underpass by City Hall in downtown Norfolk, VA. Harbor Park and the Elizabeth River Trail are just a few steps away.

Navid is a local graphic artist and illustrator. He is an instructor at the Governor’s School for The Arts in Norfolk, VA and has participated in mural projects with the NEON District in Norfolk and with the City of Virginia Beach.

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