The vision of artist Angela Palmer, the installation carries a serious message about deforestation and climate change.
The tree stumps have all been transported to London from Ghana, which has lost 90% of its primary rainforests over the last 50 years.
When I visited today, Trafalgar Square was bathed in sunlight and full of curious passers-by.
The artist was standing in the middle of the square, fascinated by people’s reactions to her work.
“There was a lady who said she works in a concrete environment, and she never sees the natural environment anymore. Here she feels as though she’s walking in a forest,” said Palmer.
“Yesterday two ladies were in tears, they were so moved by the rainforest being transplanted here. Other people just see them as sculptural objects, like a Henry Moore sculpture.”
Ghost Forest is in Trafalgar Square until 22 November. The installation then heads to Copenhagen, where it will be on display during the UN Climate Change Conference.
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