Among the Trees: New exhibition highlights the indispensable role trees play in everyone’s lives and imaginations

Among the Trees, a new exhibition exploring people’s relationship with trees and forests, is highlighting the indispensable role that trees play in the lives and imaginations of everyone.

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, the exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery in the Southbank Centre draws attention to the beauty, scale and complexity of trees and forests as seen through the eyes of 38 artists who aim to turn Among the Trees visitors vision of the natural world on its head, inviting them to see it from a new perspective.

Alongside sculptures and installations, drawings, paintings and photographs, there are artworks that celebrate the soaring scale of trees. These include a monumental sculpture cast from a 2,000-year-old olive tree by Ugo Rondinone; a cinematic portrait of a 30-metre-high spruce tree by Eija-Liisa Ahtila; and a vast forest of trees constructed entirely from cardboard by Eva Jospin.

Among the Trees is currently on at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre until 20 May 2020

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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