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The Last Tree

Babs Reingold

Babs Reingold’s "The Last Tree" installation vitalizes Jared Diamond’s question: “What was he thinking when he chopped down the last tree?”

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"The Last Tree", Babs Reingold’s environmental installation, visualizes Anthropologist Jared Diamond’s question: “What was the Easter Islander thinking when he chopped down the last tree?” It recognizes the world’s 193 countries with eerie stumps in shining pails; the stumps fabricated from stained silk organza and stuffed with human hair. Roots similarly constructed crawl from each stump. Soaring above the desolation is a lone tree, isolated and proclaiming a last hope. Video floats above the brooding scene, a repetitive chopping amid the ongoing environmental disasters of the world. The ISE Cultural Foundation in Soho exhibits "The Last Tree" in May/June 2013.