Fallen Trees Come To Trafalgar Square in “Ghost Forest”

On Monday, November 16th,  Angela Palmer’s “Ghost Forest” opens in Trafalgar Square, London.  This large and ambitious installation aims to draw attention to the link between deforestation and climate change.

The installation brings to London 10 rain forest tree stumps from a commercially logged, regulated rain forest in Ghana and installs them in Trafalgar Square to make what is doubtless one of the most striking visual statements ever about deforestation.

"Ghost Forest" - computer generated image of installation in Trafalgar Square

"Ghost Forest" - computer generated image of installation in Trafalgar Square

All the tree stumps in this installation came from trees that fell naturally due to adverse weather conditions. Seven different tree types are represented, all coming from the Suhuma forest reserve in Western Ghana.

Denya tree being washed prior to shipping

Denya tree being washed prior to shipping

The scale of this installation and the size of the trees will no doubt be impressive.  Some of these trees will have stood as high as Nelson’s column. Lasers will be installed to show how high these trees once stood in their natural spaces.

Tree stumps installed in Trafalgar Square

Tree stumps installed in Trafalgar Square

This video tells the story behind the installation.

In December, the installation will move to Thorvaldsens Plads, Copenhagen, to coincide with the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *