The Ghost Forest​

 

Ghost Forest is a major art installation of 10 primary rainforest tree stumps which were brought to Europe from a commercially logged forest in Western Africa by the artist Angela Palmer. The work is intended to highlight the alarming depletion of the world’s natural resources and in particular the continued rate of deforestation. Today, a tropical forest the size of a football pitch is destroyed every four seconds, impacting on climate, biodiversity and the livelihoods of indigenous people. The trees in Ghost Forest – most of which fell naturally in storms – are intended to represent rainforest trees worldwide; the absence of their trunks is presented as a metaphor for the removal of the world’s lungs caused through the loss of our forests. The tree stumps were exhibited as a “ghost forest” in Trafalgar Square in London in November 2009, and then in Copenhagen in December during the UN’s Climate Change Conference. The Ghost Forest was then shown on the lawn of Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum for two years before moving in July 2012 to its permanent location, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire.

 

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Ghost Forest Installation
Ghost Forest Installation

Trafalgar Square, London

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Ghost Forest Installation
Ghost Forest Installation

View of the Ghost Forest installation and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London

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Ghost Forest Installation
Ghost Forest Installation

BBC Arts Editor covering the Ghost Forest

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Ed Milliband talking to Angela
Ed Milliband talking to Angela

Trafalgar Square, London

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Ghost Forest media coverage
Ghost Forest media coverage

CNN Arts Editor covering the Ghost Forest

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Ghost Forest being transported
Ghost Forest being transported

London

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Angela Palmer and team
Angela Palmer and team

Angela Palmer talking logistics with her team

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Ghost Forest installation
Ghost Forest installation

Being installed into Trafalgar Square, London

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Ghost Forest at Thorvaldens Plads
Ghost Forest at Thorvaldens Plads

Ghost forest at Thorvaldens Plads, Copenhagen for the G20 Climate summit

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Ghost Forest media coverage
Ghost Forest media coverage

BBC Science Editor, David Shukman covering the Ghost Forest in Thorvaldens Plads, Copenhagen during the G20 summit

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Ghost Forest in Oxford
Ghost Forest in Oxford

The Ghost Forest outside the Natural History Museum, Oxford

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Angela Palmer and Kofi Annan
Angela Palmer and Kofi Annan

The Artist talks to former Secretary General of the United Nations

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Artist in Ghana
Artist in Ghana

Angela Palmer in Ghana

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Ghost Forest, Ghana
Ghost Forest, Ghana

The tree stumps being measured in Ghana

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Ghost Forest transportation
Ghost Forest transportation

The Ghost Forest being transported from Ghana

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Ghost Forest transportation
Ghost Forest transportation

The Ghost Forest being transported from Ghana

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The Ghost Forest being cleaned
The Ghost Forest being cleaned

The Ghost Forest being cleaned in Ghana ready for transportation

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The Ghost Forest documentary