Jack Kohler Byers
Interdisciplinary Artist and Illustrator exploring communication through media


In spring of 2017 I began work as a key collaborator with David Buckley Borden during his Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research through Harvard University. David’s fellowship was initially a yearlong residency that saw him as an embedded artist and designer in the Harvard Forest property in Central Massachusetts. After the fellowship finished, David’s collaboration with the University was extended to allow him to continue his exploration. David’s practice centers around communicating complex ecological issues through art and design. In this case, focusing on the plight of the Eastern Hemlock tree at the hands of an invasive pest.

Through a project named Hemlock Hospice, David and a group of collaborating artists and designers created a trail of installations through a patch of Eastern Hemlocks being studied in Harvard Forest. The objective of the trail was to present forest data, and the greater ecological and environmental implications of the disappearance of the Eastern Hemlock to the general public.

While the collaboration is still ongoing, I worked in a variety of contexts over the course of five visits. Initially my role was in the production of the science communication objects, although I recently began collaborating on the initial conceptualization as well.

In addition to the actual installations, the project also produced several collaborative print editions, which can be purchased here.

Below is a selection of images taken over the course of my visits. All images were taken by me unless otherwise credited, and may not be reused without permission.

To learn more about the project and keep up with his ever-evolving oeuvre, visit David’s website and follow along on instagram. http://davidbuckleyborden.com/


Selected press from the project:

Boston Art Review

Boston Globe

Field Magazine

Amadeus Magazine

National Resources Defense Council

Harvard Forest