Blees Luxemburg, Rut, 2016, Art or design object, SILVER FOREST

Corporate Creators: Lynch Architects, Graphic Relief Ltd, Westminster City Council, London
Abstract or Description:

Silver Forest is a permanent large-scale public artwork on the façade of Westminster City Hall. The research project (2011-2016) that culminated in the public artwork was led by artist Rut Blees Luxemburg in close collaboration with Lynch Architects and the Design and Engineering team of Graphic Relief Ltd., The Planning Department of Westminster City Council and the commercial property development company Land Securities supported the research and the resulting public art work.

The artwork measures 30 x 7 metres and has been created using a pioneering technological process casting photography in glass-reinforced concrete. Silver Forest depicts silver birch trees in urban forests from Beijing to London. The research investigates the connection between nature and the urban, the representation of the forest introduces ideas about regeneration, finding refuge but also awe and trepidation. This Silver Forest is collected together from urban forests, which are under intense strain and pollution, but somehow manage to survive.

The public art work was unveiled by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain who described the Silver Forest as a “signal of our new and emerging values in our built environment”

ArchitectLynch, Patrick
ArchitectMurphy, Douglas
Subjects: Other > Technologies > J900 Others in Technology > J990 Technologies not elsewhere classified
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban
Architecture > K900 Others in Architecture
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Rut Blees Luxemburg
Funders: Land Securities PLC
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 17:22
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 15:46
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2064
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