Out of all of the invasive species introduced into our climate, kudzu is the most physically apparent. Introduced to America in the late 19th century, this Japanese vine has flourished across the American South spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres annually. As of 2012, Kudzu’s tenacious hunger has found itself as far north as New York and as far west as Texas with no end in sight. It weaves around forests, fields, power lines and even homes at a pace that outruns any mechanical, chemical or biological means of control. It’s the lack of control that I find compelling. I’ve been traveling Southeast America to find GPS coordinates that have been consumed by kudzu’s silent appetite. In a world where everything is mapped out and manically organized. It makes me smile knowing some things are beyond our control.
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