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Source: Auckland Council

Forest has the Blues is an ecological project that focuses on the fragility and significance of our native forest remnants.

The threats these remnants face are many, from the constant incursions of development and land-use change pushing their boundaries ever inwards, to the proliferation of invasive weeds along their margins that can smother regrowth and limit regeneration, and the devastating effects of plant pathogens.

The project incorporates a large-scale print installation of native species and invasive weeds, as well as 200 native plants that will be given away to the local community during the course of the exhibition. An exhibition around the theme of pocket forests will accompany the installation.

Participating artists include Celia Walker, Toni Hartill, Elle Anderson, Kheang Ov, Nicola Ov, Ina Arraoui and Esther Hansen, and selected students from Pukekohe High School.

Forest has the Blues is complemented by two free events (see our website for more details) and is part of the Matariki Festival 2018 programme.