Thursday 8 July 2010
Byrne Bros. is supporting the work of artist Angela Palmer, who brought rainforest tree stumps to Europe for an important art installation called Ghost Forest.
Ghost Forest consists of 10 primary rainforest tree stumps which were brought from a commercially logged forest in western Africa. Byrne Bros. supported the art work by fabricating the plinths upon which the tree stumps are displayed.
The work is intended to highlight the alarming reduction 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.
Ghost Forest will be exhibited from 9 July 2010 to 31 July 2011 on the lawn of Oxford University's Museum of Natural History.