The trees will be stored and replanted during the official planting season which begins in October. Southwark and Islington are two of the London boroughs that will receive the trees, creating a living durable legacy for the forest.
When Somerset House was built, greenery was specifically forbidden, in line with the urban design principles of the time.
When planning this year’s Biennale, Es Devlin wanted to counter the attitude of human dominance over nature, creating a magnificent green landscape and centrepiece in Somerset House’s courtyard, and an opportunity to connect with nature.
Forest for Change design
The outdoor experience has been designed by leading international artist and designer, and artistic director of the Biennale, Es Devlin, in collaboration with landscape designer Philip Jaffa and urban greening specialists Scotscape.
It is presented in partnership with Project Everyone, a not-for-profit agency founded by Richard Curtis, Kate Garvey and Gail Gallie to further awareness and engagement with the Global Goals.
The project has received specialist support from John Cullen Lighting, Autograph sound and Corticeira Amorim. Production for the Forest has been supervised by Sustainable Production specialists Beautiful Wonder.
A carbon-positive project
Significant resources and expertise have been committed to produce the Forest for Change sustainably. Materials have been sourced through sustainable supply chains and nearly all will be reused, recycled or regenerated as biofuel.
The project will be carbon positive, planting sufficient trees to offset its actual carbon footprint three times over, after the Biennale.
Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion joins participants from around the world, across six continents, at this year’s London Design Biennale, responding to Es Devlin’s theme ‘Resonance,’ which considers ground-breaking design concepts on the way we live, and the choices we make, exploring issues from the pandemic and climate change, equality to migration, through international collaboration, policy making and communication.
Participating Pavilions include: African Diaspora, Antarctica, Argentina, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New York City, Nile Region, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Taiwan, The Global Goals Pavilion, Venezuela.