New images of 'ghost forest' art “幽灵森林”新作品展出
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Computer images of a "ghost forest" art installation planned for Trafalgar Square show the vast scale of a project designed to highlight deforestation.


Some of the trees might have stood at the same height as Nelson
Some of the trees might have stood at the same height as Nelson's Column

The artist's impressions were released as nine of the tropical tree stumps2(树桩) set to form the heart of the exhibit have been loaded on board a ship in Ghana.

The vessel3 is due to arrive at Tilbury in London on 17 October.

A tenth stump1 - the remains4 of a huge Denya tree - will be brought to the UK at a later date.

To meet trade controls, the stumps were cleaned by fire hose(消防水龙带) and then fumigated5(以烟熏消毒).

It is believed to be the first time that intact(原封不动的,完整的) stumps of massive tropical trees - many with their roots still attached - have been brought to Britain.

'Extraordinary journey'

The artwork will be in Trafalgar Square from November 16-22 before being shipped to Copenhagen in time for the UN climate conference where new measures on deforestation(森林砍伐) may be agreed.

The installation is the work of artist Angela Palmer who has made repeated visits to western Ghana to search for the stumps.

She told the BBC: "It's been an extraordinary journey getting this far - finding the trees, securing all the permissions, getting the stumps transported by road from the forest to the port and then getting them on board.

"But it's been a fantastic combined effort by the timber(木材) company John Bitar, the teams in the forest, the Ghanaian authorities, the shipping6 line Grimaldi and rainforest and engineering specialists from Oxford7 University."

The project has been supported by a number of Ghanaian experts, with the extraction, cataloguing and cleaning of the trees supervised by Ntim Gyakar, former curator of the Herbarium in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi.

Transporting the largest stump from Suhuma to the port at Takoradi was not straightforward8. Two trucks broke down in the forest, local elders had to be called to perform traditional blessings9 and then the huge load snagged(为障碍所阻的) on overhead cables.

Angela Palmer's hope is to raise awareness10 of the tropical rainforests and the connection with climate change - about 20% of global emissions11 are the result of deforestation.

"For most visitors, the scale, beauty and diversity of the stumps will be unlike anything they have experienced before. Nelson's Column stands over 50 metres (169 feet) tall, the approximate height many of these trees would have stood at in the wild.

"It will be impossible not to imagine what a space like Trafalgar Square would look like if populated by such massive examples of nature's work alongside man's, and to think about the destruction the missing trees represent."

Angela Palmer says she also hopes the installation will carry a message of optimism because although Ghana has lost 90% of its virgin12 rainforest in the past 50 years it is now trying to retain(保持,保留) its remaining forests through selective logging.

"As a result, the forest canopy13(苍穹,天篷) is retained, the young saplings(树苗,小树) regenerate14 naturally, leading to a thicker forest, and the timber industry continues.

"In order to reflect this, the 'Ghost Forest' will feature two or three logged stumps, and the rest would be naturally fallen trees complete with their root systems - protruding15 like the nerve-endings of the planet."


1 stump hGbzY     
  • He went on the stump in his home state.他到故乡所在的州去发表演说。
  • He used the stump as a table.他把树桩用作桌子。
2 stumps 221f9ff23e30fdcc0f64ec738849554c     
(被砍下的树的)树桩( stump的名词复数 ); 残肢; (板球三柱门的)柱; 残余部分
  • Rocks and stumps supplied the place of chairs at the picnic. 野餐时石头和树桩都充当了椅子。
  • If you don't stir your stumps, Tom, you'll be late for school again. 汤姆,如果你不快走,上学又要迟到了。
3 vessel 4L1zi     
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.这艘船满载货物驶往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你应该把水装入容器中。
4 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
5 fumigated 645e665ef2e43f429e72ff26c39fc1bf     
v.用化学品熏(某物)消毒( fumigate的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The hospital ward was fumigated after the outbreak of typhus. 发现斑疹伤寒以后,医院的病房进行了烟熏消毒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Grain should be fumigated within two weeks after harvest. 谷物收获后两周内就应进行熏蒸消毒。 来自辞典例句
6 shipping WESyg     
  • We struck a bargain with an American shipping firm.我们和一家美国船运公司谈成了一笔生意。
  • There's a shipping charge of £5 added to the price.价格之外另加五英镑运输费。
7 Oxford Wmmz0a     
  • At present he has become a Professor of Chemistry at Oxford.他现在已是牛津大学的化学教授了。
  • This is where the road to Oxford joins the road to London.这是去牛津的路与去伦敦的路的汇合处。
8 straightforward fFfyA     
  • A straightforward talk is better than a flowery speech.巧言不如直说。
  • I must insist on your giving me a straightforward answer.我一定要你给我一个直截了当的回答。
9 blessings 52a399b218b9208cade790a26255db6b     
n.(上帝的)祝福( blessing的名词复数 );好事;福分;因祸得福
  • Afflictions are sometimes blessings in disguise. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We don't rely on blessings from Heaven. 我们不靠老天保佑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
10 awareness 4yWzdW     
  • There is a general awareness that smoking is harmful.人们普遍认识到吸烟有害健康。
  • Environmental awareness has increased over the years.这些年来人们的环境意识增强了。
11 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
12 virgin phPwj     
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
13 canopy Rczya     
  • The trees formed a leafy canopy above their heads.树木在他们头顶上空形成了一个枝叶茂盛的遮篷。
  • They lay down under a canopy of stars.他们躺在繁星点点的天幕下。
14 regenerate EU2xV     
  • Their aim is to regenerate British industry.他们的目的是复兴英国的工业。
  • Although it is not easy,you have the power to regenerate your life.尽管这不容易,但你有使生活重获新生的能力。
15 protruding e7480908ef1e5355b3418870e3d0812f     
v.(使某物)伸出,(使某物)突出( protrude的现在分词 );凸
  • He hung his coat on a nail protruding from the wall. 他把上衣挂在凸出墙面的一根钉子上。
  • There is a protruding shelf over a fireplace. 壁炉上方有个突出的架子。 来自辞典例句