Following a violent storm last June, Atelier NL wondered about the fate of the hundreds of trees that were uprooted in the city. Who clears them, who replants them and what happens to the wood? StormHout asks questions about the use of forests and encourages discussion about our local surroundings.
It is impossible to know if global warming caused the storm that toppled nearly one-thousand trees. These will take years to replace. Yet trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and use it to grow, storing carbon in their trunks and branches. So to fight climate change we need more trees, not less!
How does this concern us? StormWood re-evaluates our relationship to trees by questioning our everyday choices. Would you rather have a city full of cars or a city full of trees? As counterintuitive as it may seem, even in the forest it can be good to cut down trees. A large oak, for instance, is host to many plants and animals, but removing it frees up space for young trees that, together, absorb much more CO2.
StormHout points out these dilemmas in a series of benches made from trees uprooted in the storm, their planks framed to dry for further use. Each tree is coded and registered on Wildhout.com so you can trace its origin, see who turned it into a sustainable product, and who took it home. Meanwhile, if you want to contribute directly, visit the WildHout project at Atelier NL’s location, adopt a sapling and replace a tree that fell during the storm.