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Danielle Hobbs

7000 eucalypts

Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
 
 
Danielle Hobbs
7000 eucalypts, 2013
Mixed media installation
Dimensions variable
Photograph: Kristian Häggblom


In 1987 at the opening of Documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany, a single oak was planted completing Joseph Beuys’ 5-year project 7000 Oaks – City Forestation Instead of City Administration. In the same year an Australian High Court decision banned logging in Tasmania’s Lemonthyme and southern forests, over 21,000 km2 of Brazilian rainforest was cleared from the Amazon and my energetic, naïve 14-year-old self occupied much of the dinner table conversation with discussion on deforestation and The Green’s political policies. Almost twenty five years later the cyclical contradictions continue; illegal clearing of teak forests in South East Asia, the marking out of Wilderness World Heritage sites, the Amazon continues to be slowly chipped away at, Forests Agreement Legislation being passed, Management Investment Schemes creating a business boom with carbon sink forests as tax write offs. So where to from here? Joseph Beuys referred to his final project as ‘social sculpture’ and had planned, before his death, to extend the planting of trees beyond Kassel city limits affecting environmental and social change on a global scale. Inspired by 7000 Oaks, my work will explore art as an ecological intervention, examining Beuys’ intent while considering the changes to our collective ecological consciousness over this 25 year period including the current dichotomies of the timber industries and how to educate about the importance of balancing environment with progress.
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