The Frugal Forest was a Frugal Arts Inc project, supported by One Off Makery and based in Pappinbarra, NSW. It involved artists, musicians, scientists, schools and community across the Mid North Coast. Over 1170 people contributed to its creation. The aim: to build an immersive forest installation, entirely from stuff that was headed for landfill.

Why? Because a forest is a living example of an endlessly sustainable zero-waste system, in which waste is an opportunity and there’s no such thing as a dump. In a world of dwindling resources and a growing waste problem, we could learn a lot from that.

The Frugal Forest retired on the 10th of June 2018 after a two and a half year tour to eight venues around NSW, including regional galleries and a season at the Sydney Opera House. More than 60,000 people wandered through, listened and touched.

A small piece of the Forest will soon find a permanent home in the Port Macquarie Library, and meanwhile Frugal Arts Inc lives on: visit Frugal Arts or find us on Facebook.