In the middle of New York City’s spring greenery, artist Maya Lin has put in the barren, brown trunks of 49 useless Atlantic White Cedar bushes in a Manhattan park as a Ghost Forest to warn of the hazard of local weather change and the specter of rising seawater.
“This is a grove of Atlantic Cedars… victims of saltwater inundation from rising seas due to climate change,” stated Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
“They’re called, ‘Ghost Forests,’ so I wanted to bring a ghost forest to raise awareness about this phenomenon,” she added, noting that greater than 50% of Atlantic Cedars on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard have been misplaced.
The bushes, a few of them 80 years outdated, are from the Atlantic Pine Barrens of New Jersey, which is about 100 miles (160 km) from downtown Manhattan.
The exhibit in Madison Square Park, within the shadow of the Empire State Building, will likely be displayed till Nov. 14.