"Clear-Cut - In Memoriam" by Hunter Madsen

"Clear-Cut - In Memoriam"


TITLE - "Clear-Cut - In Memoriam"
WHERE - Construction site, Chemainus Reservation, Vancouver Island, B.C. (2015)

This image and the next two come from an ongoing series expressing my anguish over the rank devastation of forest clear-cuts in British Columbia. It is a visceral shock to stand directly before a mound of tree carcasses piled to a height of more than two stories and observe how the limbs of once magnificently alive creatures have been ripped from their trunks and roots with violent force, then piled together heedlessly by tractors as mere refuse... in much the way that old Nazi films show limp stacks of naked human corpses being shoved into disposal mounds at death camps. If the gashed and torn trees could bleed red blood like ours instead of golden sap, perhaps we could better recognize the unnoticed tragedy of this indifferent carnage.