Changing Forest

Interactive Exhibition Concept on Climate Change Impact Management in the Near-Natural Forest Habitat

Leonie Zebe

März / March - 2023

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar

Master of Arts


“Wald im Wandel” (Changing Forest) is an interactive exhibition concept for the context of environmental education that explains the effects of the forestry method of "assisted migration" on the near-natural habitat forest and makes it tangible. In this approach, tree species from warmer and drier regions are introduced into native forests in small percentages on clear-cut areas in order to prepare the forest for climate change. For Rhineland-Palatinate, 16 species tested for suitability were recommended by Landesforsten. At the centre of the concept are sensory rooms that allow visitors to experience the complementary tree species through scent exhibits. Trees communicate with each other by using so-called VOC's, volatile chemical compounds, which can be perceived by humans as scents. This type of communication is transferred into the exhibit, so that visitors can get to know the trees through "their" communication channels.