London has had it's fill of fake nature (faketure?) in recent years: Abbas Kiarostami's paper forest in the V&A in 2005, the grass verges on the Lyttleton flytower and Trafalgar Square, and the recent installation of Anselm Kiefer's Palm Sunday at Tate Modern. Trafalgar Square will again welcome a sliver of unnatural nature this autumn when a "ghost rainforest" is unveiled. On November 15th, a number of huge African tree stumps will be hauled into position around Nelson's Column. The stumps, which originate in the Ghanian rainforests and grow naturally to be 169 feet — about the height of Nelson's aforementioned perch — will remain there for a week, part of a project by artist Angela Palmer to highlight the serious problem of deforestation. She'll then lug them over to Copenhagen for a UN conference the following week in order to further her campaign.
Last Updated 15 June 2009