"On comprenait que les hommes pourraient être aussi efficaces que Dieu dans d'autres domaines que la destruction." - Jean Giono
"One understood that man could be as effective as God in areas other than destruction."
In the foothills of the French Alps the narrator meets a shepherd who has quietly taken on the task of planting one hundred acorns a day in an effort to reforest his desolate region. Not even two world wars can keep the shepherd from continuing his solitary work. Gradually, this gentle, persistent man's work comes to fruition: the region is transformed; life and hope return; the world is renewed.
I used torn pieces of paper to create a tree that would flourish throughout the pages, as the forest in the story grows too. It also conveys the meaning of something new made out of destruction.