LAND ART INSTALLATION- ANIMALS AS AGENTS OF LANDSCAPE CHANGE
Agrilus planipennis | Emerald Ash Borer + Sciurus carolinensis | Eastern Grey Squirrel
The Northeastern American forest has seen numerous fluctuations. From a Native American managed landscape to a substantial clear-cut to the present day loss of our Ash trees, the forest is constantly taking new form and shape. The Emerald Ash borer infestation, though significant in scope, is another opportunity for change. Around 70% of northeast Pennsylvania’s forests are made up of Ash trees. After the Emerald Ash Borer kills the prolific Ash tree population, the canopy loss will allow for new species to move in.
This piece looks to the past and future simultaneously. By removing the bark of the dying Ash tree and painting the trails of the Emerald Ash Borer, we render the invisible visible, marking the act that killed the tree.The other side of the tree holds seed boxes for squirrels. As the squirrel caches the nuts, they are planting potential seeds that can grow, thrive, and change the shape of our forests once again.