The trees, which were legally logged in Ghana, is part of an ambitious project by artist Angela Palmer which aims to raise public awareness of the connections between deforestation and climate change.

A series of 10 rainforest tree stumps, most with their buttress roots still attached, from a regulated, commercially logged tropical rainforest in Ghana, were today (November 16) were placed in the central London square.

The tree stumps will stay in London for a week London, before heading to the Copenhagen climate change conference in December.

Miss Palmer said: “The connection between deforestation and climate change, and the challenge to express that visually, is the basis for my most ambitious and logistically challenging work yet.

“The concept is to present a series of rainforest tree stumps as a ‘ghost forest’ – using the negative space created by the missing trunks as a metaphor for climate change, the absence representing the removal of the world’s ‘lungs’ through continued deforestation.”

Luke Walsh

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