If forests grew overnight, we could really make a huge difference in the fight against climate change. And whilst that, sadly, is impossible, this year’s London Design Biennale will actually appear to make it happen. ‘Forest for Change‘ will bring 400 trees to the courtyard of Somerset House during this year’s festival, filling the iconic space with a temporary forest from June 1 – 27. [Featured image: Somerset House/Kevin Meredith]
The forest will feature 23 varieties of tree which are commonly found across the UK and Northern Europe, and bring together 400 towering trunks in a spectacular collision of art and nature. It’s the product of renowned artist (and this year’s Artistic Director of the Biennale) Es Devlin, who’s a firm fixture in the London art world for her irrepressible and genre-defying creations. Gleefully defying the original Enlightenment principles of Somerset House, which specifically forbade trees in the courtyard, she’ll provide the must-see art exhibition of 2021, and we just can’t wait to visit.
Aside from creating a jaw-dropping spectacle, Forest for Change will have another purpose. As the name suggests, the forest will be installed to inspire change and bring to life the solutions we need to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the seventeen goals that aim to address global challenges such as climate change, poverty, inequality, health, and justice.
Article Source: Secret London