Acrylicize Unveils “London is a Forest,” a Giant Installation in London’s Soho

Acrylicize Unveils "London is a Forest," a Giant Installation in London's Soho
Photo by Nikhilesh Haval

Acrylicize, the visionary design studio known for pushing creative boundaries, announces their much-anticipated latest installation, “London is a Forest,” in the beating-heart of Soho. The giant steel, permanent public artwork seamlessly blends art, nature, and technology redefining the visual landscape of Soho.

Commissioned by Landsec, owners of the Lucent building, Acrylicize were asked to create a site- specific artwork that could provide a sense of placemaking and cultural character, whilst delivering on the need for the building to be experienced as an ‘oasis of calm’ in the busy city centre. ‘London is a Forest’ marks the connection between the Capital’s official status as a forest, with 8.4 million trees, and the digital network embedded within the heart of the city.

Acrylicize Unveils "London is a Forest," a Giant Installation in London's Soho
Acrylicize “London is a Forest”
Credit Nikhilesh Haval

The intricate steel branches symbolise the connection to natural rhythms within the city, embodying the London’s network of technology and data, prompting viewers to reflect on their place within the cityscape. It is this complex dichotomy between technology and nature which underpins the artwork – instead of opposing each other they work together to create an organic form that feels alive.

The artwork gracefully ‘floats’ above the critically acclaimed Devonshire pub, appearing as light as a feather drifting in the breeze – yet dominating the north-west wall of the new Lucent Building. Spanning an impressive 7m x 11m x 2.5m and coated in a white ceramic material, the branches interact with the space and adjacent walls, creating a dynamic interplay between nature and technology.

London is a Forest: Particle Simulation Experiments

By utilising algorithmic particle systems, Acrylicize has achieved organic fractal growth on an architectural scale, resulting in an authentic representation of natural forms.

The outcome is an architectural synthesis of fractal forms that cleverly interact with the space, harmonising with both the environment and the organic patterns of growth. Acrylicize hopes that ‘London is a Forest’ offers passers-by a moment to pause and reflect on their relationship with nature and technology, and their sense of place within the built environment.

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