A forest for Australia, by Agnes Denes

A Forest for Australia, 1998, Altoona Treatment Plant, Melbourne, Austrailia (400 meters x 80 meters, 6000 trees)
Source: http://www.agnesdenesstudio.com/WORKSAustraliaForest.html

Artist: Agnes Denes

Title: A forest for Australia 

Year created: 1996

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Materials: Trees

What is the piece’s impact? 6,000 of an endangered species of tree were planted as a waste water treatment facility, forming five spirals, which, due to the varying level of maturity in the trees created step pyramids depending on the height of the trees.

How does this project relate to this change as art? The trees were meant to help alleviate serious land erosion and desertification. the trees themselves were endangered. The trees were an intervention, and were thus left to – a quick look on google maps suggest they have not flourished (looks like the bigger trees mostly died)

What makes this an artistic project? The concept was developed and managed by an artist. The planting of the trees was very much planned for an asethetic impact.

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