The Hoh Rain Forest, Understory and Forest Structure Olympic National Parc, Washington, 2006/2007
94,8 x 113,9 x 3,2
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
Tangle of branches and mosses including: Sitka Spruce, Vine Maple,
Bigleaf Maple, Western Hemlock and understory of Sword Fern.
The Hoh Rain Forest is the largest, intact, preserved coastal temperate rain forest in
the world. It is considered to be the wettest spot in the continental U.S., receiving
140-167 inches (12 to 14 feet) of rain per year. Located within Olympic National
Park, the Hoh is fully protected from commercial exploitation. Rain forest beyond
the park's borders has been logged heavily over the past century.
The Olympic Peninsula was isolated from the mainland during the Ice Age. Plant
and animal species subsequently evolved in the Hoh Rain Forest and the greater peninsula
that do not exist anywhere else in the world. Species in the Hoh that are federally
listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act include the Bald Eagle,
Marbled Murrelet, Bull Trout and the Northern Spotted Owl. Rare and vulnerable
moss and lichen species, specific to old-growth forest habitat, include: Goblin's
Gold, Bent Kneed Four Tooth Moss, Arboreal Hairball and Erioderma sorediatum.
Pacific Yew, specific to the region and once considered an insignificant tree, was
recently discovered to harbor Taxol, a naturally occurring compound that is now
being used to treat ovarian, breast, and lung cancer.
Inv. Nr. 2007/63
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider