The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect native to Asia, was first seen at the Schuylkill Center in 2018. With a 99% kill rate, the beetle will sweep through local forests like a wave, wiping out all of Philadelphia’s ash trees within a decade. The Schuylkill Center provided wood from impacted ash trees on our property to six artists (Nancy Agati, Laurie Beck Peterson, Anthony Heinz May, John Kuiphoff, Brian Skalaski, and Janine Wang), who created new artworks that make the emerald ash borer’s impact visible and comprehensible. These artists have fashioned the ash wood in a wide variety of ways, like sculpture, photographic imagery, data visualization, site-specific sculpture, woodturning, and steambending. And they touch on various aspects of the ash borer crises, including how ash wood has been historically used by people, ash borer and ash tree biology, and the spread and impact of invasive species due to human activity.
Details on the reception can be found here: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/blog/event/exhibition-opening-we-all-fall-down-artists-respond-to-the-emerald-ash-borer/