The Emerald Ash Borer continues its devastating spread across North America. Minnesota is in the early stages of infestation, but will too soon go the way of Michigan. It is still the hope of insect biologists to slow the spread in hopes better methods to save ash trees can be developed.
In Mankato, MN, artist Josh Winkler has joined the cause. He is creating a concrete and metal sculpture of an ash stump with larger than life Emerald Ash Borers The sculpture will be located among a row of live ash trees. The sculpture will include information on the threat to ash trees and the role of people in the inadvertent spread of ash borers. The sculpture provides a glimpse of the future. If nothing improves, the row of as trees will too soon be reduced to stumps, just like the sculpture.