Silver Forestis a permanent large-scale public work installed on the western façade of Westminster City Hall. The project, realised in collaboration with Lynch Architects and developers Land Securities, brings together art, architecture, urban planning and design innovation and is Blees Luxemburg’s first permanent public artwork in London.
Running the length of Westminster City Hall, the seven-meter-tall artwork depicts six photographic views of nocturnal, urban silver birch forests
in locations from London to Beijing, which have been cast in concrete. The images subtly shift with changing light conditions and when seen from different perspectives, echo the textures of the birch bark depicted in the photographs.
‘Silver Forest draws attention to the fragile relationship between nature and the city. It is not apparent at first, but then becomes clear that they
are photographs of urban trees. Details reveal that they are forests under strain, but somehow manage to survive.’