Tue 18-05-2021

In June 2021 Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion – will feature at the centre of the London Design Biennale. This forest of 400 trees will bring to life the solutions needed to achieve the Goals, showing that they are the answer to address climate change, growing inequality, and the recovery from Covid-19. Bringing trees into the courtyard at Somerset House for the first time is a bold statement that mirrors the audacious nature of the Goals.

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, the outdoor experience is presented in partnership with Project Everyone. As they walk through the Forest, visitors will be taken on a journey in which they learn about the Global Goals and how they can take action in support of them.

Es Devlin, Forest for Change designer and Artistic Director of the Biennale, was told that trees had been forbidden from the courtyard at Somerset House when the building was originally conceived 250 years ago. When designing this year’s Biennale, Es decided to “counter this attitude of human dominance over nature, by allowing a forest to overtake the entire courtyard.” In subverting the rules of Somerset House’s Enlightenment-era designers, Es and her team considered the transformational nature of forests in literature to create a place of real change: “The UN Global Goals offer us clear ways to engage and alter our behaviour and it is our hope that an interaction with the Goals in the forest will be transformative.”