Forest Keegel

‘Horizontal Connectivity’


This patch of forest is not dense enough for them to survive so the artist has planted Acacia species that they feed on and hand woven many metres of rope from shredded office paper in a futile attempt to restore horizontal connectivity.


Special thanks to Steve Meacher from Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum and to the critters of Toolangi Forest.                                  

The Victorian faunal emblem the Leadbeater’s Possum is critically endangered. Their greatest threat is clearfell logging for wood pulp to make paper. They rely on old trees with hollows to nest in and a connected understory to forage in.

The creation of 'Horizontal Connectivity' was informed by scientific and local knowledge. Throughout the residency there was a lot of interest from the general public about the installation. Some visitors immediately made the connection that paper comes from trees, though many hadn't given thought to the species that are dependent on forest ecosystems.
Designed to be an ephemeral installation, the connective ropes can and will break and disintegrate into the forest. At the same time the nest structures will remain, protecting Acacia species that will continue to flourish and grow.