Hemlock Hospice is a year-long, art-based interpretive trail by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team of interdisciplinary collaborators. This immersive site-specific science- communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) from Asia. Scientists project that the hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025.
The Hemlock Hospice interpretive trail features 18 site-specific sculptures installed throughout a 200-year-old grove of hemlocks. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The project employs a model of landscape stewardship that combines installation art, public programming, and shared cultural experience.