One of Europe’s most famous stone courtyards will change dramatically this summer when it is taken over by a forest of 400 trees.
The installation “Forest for Change” is the centerpiece of the Biennale and will be part of a program that emphasizes the role of design in addressing global challenges and crises.
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She was guided around Somerset House many years ago and remembered discovering that the Enlightenment principle in which the building was devised specifically prohibited the introduction of trees into the courtyard.
“Of course, the first thing I wanted to do when considering this year’s Biennale was for the forest to overtake the entire courtyard to counter this attitude of human domination over nature,” she said.
The forest has 23 types of trees commonly found in Britain and Northern Europe.There is also clearing where visitors can learn about United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable DevelopmentPlans to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and tackle the climate crisis.
Devlin said he thought that forests, whether in Shakespeare’s Arden Forest or the Brothers Grimm’s fascinating forest, were often the venue for literary transformation.
She added: “The United Nations Global Goals provide a clear way to engage and change our actions. We hope that our interaction with the Forest Goals will bring about change.”
The trees will be placed in June before moving to a new home.
Mori is a partnership with Everyone in the projectA non-profit organization co-founded by writer and director Richard Curtis.
He said the idea was to create something beautiful that conveys a better, fairer vision of the world. “The first time we bring the forest into the courtyard of Somerset House is a bold statement that reflects the bold nature of our goals,” he said.
“The goal is the answer to the challenges we face and the way to build a better and brighter future for everyone everywhere.”
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