A painted forest by the Spanish artist Agustin Ibarrola is set to reopen to the public next week after a group of experts worked out how save his work of art from oblivion.
Ibarrola spent three years in the 1980s painting hundreds of trees in bright colours in a forest in his native Basque Country. But the Monterey pine trees he used as his canvasses are a commercial tree grown for wood that have a finite life of about 60 years. They were beginning to decay and were given the kiss of death by the spread of a wood-eating fungus.
The local government commissioned a study to find ways to preserve the work. The study produced more than 30 proposals, which included recreating the forest
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