Forests are lungs of the whole world: green which produces blue which creates oxygen around our glittering ball in space. This small ball, like perpetuum mobile, i.e. the pre-model of the idea about it, holds the whole life known to us in our measurement units – all in-breaths and out-breaths, all breathing and sighs, all building and upgrading.
Just for this reason forests are not only biological reserves and the destruction of Amazon is not just an environmental problem. Especially for Europe, forests are a constitutive cultural fact. They sing eternally. They are selva morale, that inevitable place of choosing directions, the place whereto medieval Bovo took his beloved: “Through the leafy forest, Bovo went a-riding, and his pretty Merswind trotted on beside him”.
Forest is that land into which Tristan and Isolde are willingly expelled, where they experience happiness and reconsideration of their love. The forest is what exchanges meaning with the pillars of cathedrals. It is a dark background for crumbs and small stones left behind by Hansel and Gretel; it is a soil of memory preserving a thought about returning home. Forest has its own consciousness and subconsciousness, according to the lesson by Maurice Maeterlinck. Forest is a matter of constant choice, Holzwege, (wood-ways) as one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century would say.
Forest is finally that space of (political, social) standpoint (for Green Cadre), the choice confirmed in saying „He went into the forest”, meaning that he took his portion of active freedom; or it is maybe the good wish from the syntagma „God turned you toward the forest”. Forest is a place where meeting one’s own self is inevitable where final choices are made: it is the Stribor’s Forest by Ivana Brli? Mažurani?. Once, deforestation implied progress of civilisation: “deforestation, protection”.
Title: Europa 2011 forests – Croatia
Date of Issue: 5 May 2011
Denominations: 7,1 kn x 2