Hemlock Hospice, a year-long, outdoor, site-specific sculpture installation and accompanying indoor art exhibition by David Buckley Borden in collaboration with Aaron M. Ellison, opens Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and in its Fisher Museum on Saturday, October 7.
Hemlock Hospice tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid from Asia. Hemlock Hospice contextualizes hemlock decline in the broader context of climate change, local effects of our global economy on the natural world, and environmental impacts of our consumer culture.
Hemlock Hospice blends science, art, and design to  respect eastern hemlock and its ecological role as a foundation forest species;  promote an understanding of the adelgid; and  encourage empathetic conversations among all the sustainers of and caregivers for our forests—ecologists and artists, foresters and journalists, naturalists and citizens—while fostering social cohesion around ecological issues.
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