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Saturday, October 7, 2017 12:00PM4:00PM
Harvard University will present Hemlock Hospice, an outdoor site-specific sculpture installation at Harvard Forest (324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366) created by artist and designer David Buckley Borden in collaboration with Senior Ecologist Aaron Ellison. 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. 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. The Hemlock Hospice trail of thirteen sculptures takes visitors through the Harvard Forest on an up-close-and-personal journey of species loss. Visitors will learn why the trees are dying, and see what the future will look like when hemlock disappears from our forests in the next decade.