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Discussing more ethical timber sourcing for Burning Seed 2018.

   

 

 

 

   

Photos by FlameWriter, Jazz Kaelin, Pamela Johnston and Gonzalo Collazo. Top image by Shaan Reza Ali

Returning for their fifth year burning artwork at Seed, FlameWriter and the Crew of talented collaborators are building their most ambitious piece yet. Mixing puppetry with animation with accelerants with a blazing bonfire, we will be having a crazy Friday night.

Collaborating with Red Earth Ecology in the lead up, we will be exploring the beautiful, ancient world of wonder that is our home at Matong State Forest.

Have a stroll through the forest, The ancient spirit of the forest lives strong through the connection and the many diverse species that inhabit Matong State Forest. You will also find many stumps of felled trees. You would think that's from the old days, however Matong's sister forests are being logged to build houses and structures for us to burn. Is this really leaving no trace?

There are many standing dead and fallen trees that, added with climate change increase the intensity of bushfire beyond their natural limits. Traditionally this fuel load would have been reduced by the local Wiradjuri people who used fire to manage these forests.

There are many sources of timber waste such as local logging waste, salvage timber and large volumes of disposable wooden packaging such as pallets from surrounding cities. Forest Rising will use no timber from native sources, no plywood or other toxic composites and use minimal farmed timber. We will also use no petrochemical accellorants.

Rising from the ashes is a consciousness and connection to land that is inspiring people to rise and protect the many special and sacred lands across the country.

We are prototyping an alternative. As a community are we ready to adapt?