•on August 2nd, 2012
The trees move to The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
Ghost Forest at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. A tree stump is manoeuvred into position during the installation Ghost Forest, an environmental art installation of 10 gigantic rainforest tree stumps, has been installed into its permanent home at The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire
The Ghost Forest - 10 giant hardwood trunks, weighing up to 20 tonnes – will be manoeuvred into position at the National Botanic Gardens. Photo: Barry Batchelor PA Archive. An installation described as “the most important environmental art installation ever to come to Wales”
The Oxford Times
The Ghost Forest art installation on the lawn outside the Museum of Natural History featured the stumps of 10 trees from African rainforests. Oxford artist Angela Palmer created the work to raise awareness about the destruction of the world’s natural resources.
The trees, which have been in Trafalgar Square, London and outside the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, will find a new and permanent home at the Carmarthenshire attraction, and have been secured jointly by the National Botanic Garden in partnership with the Wales-based rainforest charity, Size of Wales.
A major piece of artwork — made from ten giant hardwood trees — has been installed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne.
It has touched the hearts of millions including Michelle Obama, Kofi Annan, Ed Miliband and Martha Kearney. It’s been on an epic journey from Ghana via Denmark, Oxford and Trafalgar Square. Now ‘Ghost Forest’ is coming to the National Botanic Garden of Wales - and is staying forever.
“First Lady Michelle Obama visited Oxford University today, Wednesday 25 May 2011.
Mrs Obama talked to students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language College (EGA), a secondary school for girls in North London, in Christ Church. The girls had a day-long university “immersion experience” at Oxford.
Students also visited the Ghost Forest exhibition on deforestation outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History before having lunch with their student mentors at Wadham College.”
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“The 111 (One hundred and eleven) year old, Yaa Asantewaa stool, that was taken from Ejisu in August 1900 by H.B. Russell,a British civil servant was handed over to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene.”
Read the full article on: Manhyia Palace
•on April 15th, 2011
“Westerners might get a bit queasy when they think about eating locusts, spiders or ants, but they make up delicacies and key sources of protein in much of the world. A new movement is trying to bring them onto Western plates in an effort to save the environment.”
Read the full article on: Spiegel Online International
•on April 10th, 2011
“In the common consciousness, a fly in your soup is considered a bit of a no-no. Imagine my surprise, then, to arrive at Oxford’s museum of natural history and find some of society’s finest – from broadcaster Martha Kearney to Comic Relief chairman Peter Bennett-Jones – guzzling a lunch of creepy crawlies.”
Read the full article on: guardian.co.uk
•on March 30th, 2011
“An invitation to a banquet from my old friend Angela Palmer was hardly to be refused, even if the food on offer was a little — ahem — unusual. Crispy Colombian leafcutter ants, anyone? Or how about oven-baked barbecue flavoured mealworms?”
Read the full article on: The Oxford Times
•on March 28th, 2011
“Saltamontes, grillos, hormigas, langostas, gusanos y otros insectos podrían contribuir a luchar contra las hambrunas y convertirse en parte de la dieta del futuro. La universidad británica de Oxford organizó un banquete con estas “delicias”, algunas de ellas procedentes de América Latina, para paladares poco acostumbrados a ellas.”
Read the full article on: BBC Mundo
•on March 13th, 2011
“Dining with the Colombian ambassador at his London residence is a challenging culinary adventure – and not for those of a delicate constitution. Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera is a renaissance man, with a background in business and journalism. He is partial to sharing his passion for Atta laevigata, an exotic leaf-cutter ant, which he describes with schoolboy enthusiasm: “Their bottoms are huge – in Colombia we call them hormigas culonas – roughly translated as ‘big-ass ants’. I love them.” He has regular supplies sent to his ambassadorial kitchen in London’s Belgravia.”
Read the full article on: FT.com
•on January 31st, 2011
“The Ghost Forest, an artwork comprising ten gargantuan uprooted trees, forms an imposing sight in front of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Each tree measures over 100 feet and lies on its side on a plinth, its leaves lost, bark weathered, roots exposed. They are a powerful reminder of the drastic rate at which we are removing the ‘world’s lungs’ through deforestation and responses so far have been emotionally charged.”
Download the full article Tropical Ghosts in Oxford by Penny Sarchet from Phenotype Issue 8 Hilary Term 2011: Tropical Ghosts in Oxford (549)
•on January 26th, 2011
“A verdant forest is more beautiful than a razed wasteland; a tree grander than a stump. But in a certain context, the gnarled nether roots of an exposed stump can impress too.”
Read the full article on: Intelligent Life