Hemlock Hospice: Art Meets Ecology

{ Through November 18th, 2018 } Hemlock Hospice brings a year-plus exploration of art and ecology to Harvard Forest.

Harvard Forest’s hemlock trees could disappear within the next ten years, ravaged by a small insect called the hemlock wooly adelgid. Hemlock Hospice, a new site-specific sculpture installation from David Buckley Borden, explores that ecological story in the broader context of climate change and the future of New England forests. Borden is an interdisciplinary artist and Harvard Forrest Bullard Fellow who has been in residence at Harvard Forest for the last year creating art-science projects with master ecologists. Hemlock Hospice takes visitors on an approximately 90 minute tour through the Harvard Forest as evocative sculptures interpret the latest ecological research. An exhibition of prints, drawings, and sculptures will be on view at the Fisher Museum in tandem with the installation art trail, which will reside in Harvard Forest from Saturday, October 7th, 2017, (opening reception from noon until 4 p.m.) through November 18th, 2018.

“The artist can play a unique role in communicating the reality of science,” Borden says. “As
environmental challenges become more critical, scientists are increasingly asked to provide vital
information to policy makers, community groups, and individuals. The urgency of getting a population of non-scientists to both understand and care about aspects of ecology is real. And, ecological awareness is a powerful mechanism for changing how we think about our relationship with our environment.” More than art-science collaboration, Hemlock Hospice is also an educational initiative. A self-guided trail map will be available at the Fisher Museum, and public workshops and print and social media tools will promote reflection, critical thinking, and creativity among scientists, artists, educators, and the general public.

Hemlock Hospice
Harvard Forest
324 North Main Street,
Petersham, Massachusetts
Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, November 18, 2018
Free and open to the public
Top Image: Fast Forward Future, installation at Harvard Forest, 4 x 8 x 26 feet; wood, acrylic paint, and assorted hardware; 2017. Collaborators: Jack Byers, Dr. Aaron Ellison, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, and Salua Rivero | courtesy of the artist and Harvard Forest
Nathan FrontieroHemlock Hospice: Art Meets Ecology