Today, a tropical forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every four seconds, impacting the climate, biodiversity, and the livelihoods of indigenous people. To highlight this alarming fact, artist Angela Palmer created Ghost Forest, a striking public installation to create awareness on climate change and deforestation. By placing giant tree stumps on public spaces throughout several European cities, Ghost Forest has been a travelling installation, giving people a chance to see, touch, and smell the rainforest by acting as trees ambassadors.
The Ghost Forest’s massive tree stumps landed in Europe from a commercially logged forest in Ghana, and most them fell naturally in adverse weather conditions. Ghost Forest is a carbon neutral project, and each of the ten trees is a metaphor for the removal of the world’s lungs caused through deforestation and contributing to climate change. The massive trees have already landed in central London’s Trafalgar Square, causing a stir back in November 2009.
In the same year, the installation traveled to the beautiful city of Copenhagen to make a strong statement during the UN’s Climate Change Conference. Nowadays, the Ghost Forest is placed on the lawn of the Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum, where it sill rest until July 2012. Magnificent, beautiful, and heartbreaking, Angela Palmer’s Ghost Forest installation will hopefully lead people, but most importantly governments, into protecting the earth’s lungs.
Photo © Ghost Forest Art Project