Introducing Ghost Forest

Ghost Forest is an original and ambitious project that seeks to raise public awareness of the connections between deforestation and climate change. The installation consists  of 10 rainforest tree stumps, most with their buttress roots still attached, from a regulated, commercially logged tropical rainforest in Ghana. The absence of the trunks of the trees is intended as a metaphor for climate change – the negative space representing the loss of the planet’s ‘lungs’ through continued deforestation worldwide. The tree stumps were presented as a “ghost forest” in Trafalgar Square in London in November 2009, at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009, and are now on show on the lawn of Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum until July 31, 2012. Their exhibition in Oxford spans the UN International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and the UN International Year of the Forest 2011.