“Each new chapter will include a new illustration, highlighting different plants of the forest as it changes and evolves.
The forest will move around the city changing in form, to remind us all of what was – and what still remains – of our natural world.”
Restless Forest combines landscape and art, story-telling and natural history, using plants native to Christchurch. The forest will move around the city changing in form, to remind us all of what was – and what still remains – of our natural world. As the forest moves to each new site, a new chapter of its story will be posted on a blog at restlessforest.com.
Restless Forest began its journey at Spark Park on Hereford Street, and moved to Cathedral Square in April 2016.
This project is a special collaboration between Greening the Rubble and the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The forest includes a podocarp tree stump complete with a fairy door for hiding a geocache full of treasures, created by set designer Julian Southgate. Artist Lynnette Hartley has designed an intricate colouring-in page of native plants and animals, available as a free downloadable pdf from restlessforest.com. Each new chapter will include a new illustration, highlighting different plants of the forest as it changes and evolves.
The design, movability and planting techniques of the installation itself have relied on the incredible innovative thinking and problem-solving abilities of Greening the Rubble team members, Jonathan Hall and Gina Payne. For example, the team came up with the idea of creating ‘bark sausages’ to hide the planter barrels.
The project has been made possible thanks to help and support from Briford Trailers, Hire King, Parkhouse Garden Supplies, Tait Communications, Trees for Canterbury, Waterforce, Whakaora Te Waihora (WTW) and Fern Factor. Thanks also to our tireless volunteers, especially Chloe, Duncan, Matt and Andy.
Partners: Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council, Life in Vacant Spaces Trust
Current location: Cathedral Square, near the Police kiosk
Date constructed: December 2015
Date removed: The Restless Forest will move around the city, so watch this space for updates!