At 1,400 meters above sea level, 50 carved sculptures inhabit the Piltriquitrón hill in El Bolsón, Río Negro province. 'El Bosque Tallado' was born as the transformation of the disaster that left a forest fire unleashed there by human negligence in 1978. It is worth remembering that the fires of February 2015 in Patagonia Argentina left more than 40 thousand hectares of native forests consumed .
As an offering to Mother Earth and as a way to transform tragedy into something beautiful, in 1997 a local artisan, Marcelo López, had the idea of summoning sculptors from all over the country and foreigners to carve the trunks of the lengas (Nothofagus pumilio) dried and burned.
This is how the El Bosque Tallado Civil Cultural Association was formed, which organizes the annual meetings of sculptors and takes care of the maintenance of this property with the aim of promoting the conservation of the environment, its surroundings and the landscape resource, preserving and expanding the artistic heritage and culture of the region, promoting the use of the natural resources of the region as a source of inspiration and raw material for the creation of works of art in any discipline.
The Carved forest was declared of National, Provincial and Municipal interest, and the entire area was declared a Cultural Heritage of El Bolsón and an intangible zone.
Photos: Matilde Moyano