“Fake News” is taking an artistic form in Jakarta. It’s called “Fake Nature.”
A response to Indonesia’s deforestation – as one of the world’s worst offender – is to replace the trees it cuts down with replica art. And nowhere is this form of art more prevalent than the nation’s capital, Jakarta.
So here are 14 strange photos of Jakarta’s growing obsession with “Fake Nature.”
1) “Fake Nature” Covering A Construction Site Is Typical In Jakarta
2) Jakarta Coconuts…
3) Sweeping Away The Dead Leaves With A False Jungle Background
4) Whoever Made This “Fake Nature” Masterpiece Obviously Gave Up After 3 Metal Sheets
5) Autumn Doesn’t Take Place In Indonesia… Except In Shopping Malls.
6) Great Spot For A Pretend Picnic
7) Wedding Guests Find Some Shade From The Dim Lighting
8) Nature Calls As A Man Walks Back From The Mall’s Toilet
9) The Classic Tree Elevator
10) Reality Takes Its Toll On This Concrete Canvas Of “Fake Nature”
11) This Construction Site Pokes Above The Fake Trees
12) “Fake Nature’s” Dew
13) Workers Take A Break At Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s New Terminal 3
14) Go Green – Steps In The Right Direction
“Fake Nature” art is a reflection of our own feeling of apathy and helplessness.
As Greenpeace Indonesia campaigner Yuyun Indradi explains, “Shuttling between air-conditioned high rises decorated with a simulacrum of nature, it’s easy to ignore the impact on climate and communities of relentless forest destruction taking place far away.”
But we cannot ignore any longer.
The slash and burn tactics used by palm oil companies caused the 2015 Haze that resulted in 100,000 deaths in the region from air pollution, according to a Harvard and Columbia study. The World Bank estimates that it cost Indonesia’s economy $16 billion.
“Fake Nature” is not an adequate replacement for Indonesia’s wonderful natural resources. Although the rich jungles of Sumatra and Kalimantan seem a world away to the residents of Jakarta, we cannot let that be an excuse for our continued rates of deforestation. And do you know how we can tell if we are truly reversing deforestation?