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Petersham, MA – From October 7, 2017 – November 18, 2018, the Harvard Forest will present Hemlock Hospice, an outdoor site-specific sculpture installation and a parallel exhibition of prints, drawings, and sculptures in the Fisher Museum created by Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow David Buckley Borden. The opening reception for Hemlock Hospice will be on Saturday, October 7, from 12 noon until 4pm.
Eastern hemlock, a foundation tree in eastern forests, is slowly vanishing from North America as it is weakened and killed by a small insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Scientists project that the hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025. While telling the story of the demise of the eastern hemlock, the Hemlock Hospice exhibition will address larger issues of climate change and the future of New England forests.
David Buckley Borden, an interdisciplinary artist and designer, has been in residence at the Harvard Forest for the past year. During that period, he has collaborated with world-class ecologists on interdisciplinary art-science communication projects involving landscape installations and arts-based interpretive trail design. Created in collaboration with Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison, and designed to communicate the latest scientific research being done at Harvard University’s center for forest research and education located in Central Massachusetts, the Hemlock Hospice installation features 13 new sculptures installed along an interpretative trail through the magnificent hemlocks on the forest’s Prospect Hill Tract.
The Hemlock Hospice trail will take visitors on a journey of the disappearance of a species at the Harvard Forest, while inside the Fisher Museum, the accompanying exhibition, curated by Penelope Taylor, extends the story of the Museum’s famous dioramas chronicling the history of New England’s forests until the1930s. Borden continues the story from 2016 onwards and imagines a future ecology supported by a new creative wave of interdisciplinary environmental communication.