Displaced Forest

wooden sculpture with 12 channel embedded audio

10' x 28' x 10'


Displaced Forest is an audio installation which relocates audio samples generated from trees in a Michigan forest to an indoor location in Chicago. The site sampled is located within an oak-hickory forest in Saugatuck, Michigan. The audio is delivered through a construction of 2 x 4 lumber. Its form recalls balloon frame construction, a building technique developed in the 1830s and instrumental in Chicago’s rapid growth as a city and a global lumber distributor. Forests in Wisconsin and Michigan embody the ecological traces of this material history; in Displaced Forest, the present voice of one particular forest site is rendered audible.


2014, Displaced Forest