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Edge of the Forest
  • Charles Chaplin
    born: Watford, England, United Kingdom ; died: Watford, England, United Kingdom
  • Edge of the Forest, 1965
  • engraving
  • Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Collection of Elizabeth Schultz
  • Not on display
  • EL2008.031
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
Chaplin’s Edge of the Forest suggests the impermanence of natural boundaries. While a forests’ edge may physically mark a geographic border, it is actually the intangible borders of climactic zones that determine the spread- and sometimes the end-of any natural inhabitants falling into its range. The anticipation of warmer, drier summers in the South of England (as a result of global climate change) leads some to believe that moisture-loving species like the European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) will be replaced by others that thrive in a more Mediterranean climate, such as Poplar, Plum, and the Kiwi vine. As the borders of the climactic zones to which we are adapted move northward, some species- like the aged, sentinel Beeches at the edge of Chaplin’s Forest-may find themselves suddenly “out of bounds” and at the edge of extinction.