Hayward Gallery Among the Trees
In meditative works across different media, thirty-seven artists explore how trees – with lifespans much longer than our own – challenge how we think about time, and consider how intimately entangled they are with human affairs.
They invite us to appreciate their soaring scale, in artworks such as 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 transports us around the world, from Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden. At a time when the destruction of the world’s forests is accelerating at a record pace, see the natural world through new eyes on a walk through the woods, real and imagined.
By turns poetic, adventurous and thought-provoking, Among the Trees celebrates the tree’s enduring resonance as a source of inspiration for some of the most compelling contemporary artists of our time, among them Robert Adams, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Tacita Dean, Peter Doig, Anya Gallaccio, Giuseppe Penone, Robert Smithson and Pascale Marthine Tayou.
The Hayward Gallery’s enthralling, highly anticipated multimedia exhibition Among the Trees is now accessible online for Photo London VIPs, with a virtual tour of the exhibition studying several works in depth and offering a look at the integral relationship between human culture and tree culture.