German Forests (2006 - 2015)

'Woodlands provide potent and vivid symbols of life, death, regeneration, social process and collective identity. (...) It is in the forest that fairy-tale characters often lose their way and then find themselves again as their life’s purpose becomes clear. The forest in question is not a small tract of woodland. It is always immense, unbounded and unknowable. The fairy tale forest of Germany has power to change hearts and destinies. It is a meritocracy that distributes justice without regard to social class. Hansel and Gretel are not the only ones to get lost in the forest and then to return wiser and fulfilled. They are not the only ones who need more than bread crumbs to find their way, socially and morally as much as geographically.'

(Richard Hacken, 'Into the Imagined Forest:
A 2000-Year Retrospective of the German Woods')


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