1st-27th June 2021

Somerset House
United Kingdom



What are the Global Goals?expand_more
In 2015, 193 countries signed up to a world-changing plan – The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development – 17 huge Goals to end extreme poverty, conquer inequality, and fix the climate crisis by 2030.
What is Forest for Change?expand_more
Created by world renowned artist Es Devlin in collaboration with Project Everyone – Forest for Change offers a journey of discovery and interaction with the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Visitors will wander through a forest of 400 trees, curated by Forest Architect, Philip Jaffa for their differing canopy shapes, heights and forms, before arriving at the forest’s heart where a central clearing will reveal a Global Goals installation. This interactive pavilion will bring to life the facts about the world we live in and the solutions needed to achieve the Goals. As part of this experience, members of the public will be able to add their voice to an associated project ‘Voices for Change’ in support of the Global Goals. The walk through the forest will be enhanced by a soundtrack of birdsong gathered over many years, curated by Brian Eno including recordings from the British Library Sound Archive.
What is Voices for Change?expand_more
This is a project that will bring together the voices and passions of people across the world in support of the Global Goals. The voices will be turned into a beautiful audio visualisation, an original presentation of the public’s passions and concerns at a unique moment in history.
Is Forest for Change free to enter?expand_more
Entering Forest for Change is free of charge. Visitors will need to purchase a ticket to visit The LDB exhibits inside Somerset House.
How long will the installation be at Somerset House?expand_more
1st - 27th June
Opening timesexpand_more
Sunday-Tuesday 11:00-19:15 Wednesday – Saturday 11:00-22:00
What Covid-19 guidelines are in place?expand_more
This year, London Design Biennale will have a one-way route, and timed ticketing with a set capacity, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff, adhering to government guidelines and Somerset House health and safety compliance requirements.
Is the forest sustainable?expand_more
Significant resources and expertise have been committed to produce the Forest for Change sustainably. Materials have been sourced through sustainable supply chains and nearly all will be reused, recycled or regenerated as biofuel. The project will be carbon positive, planting sufficient trees to offset its actual carbon footprint three times over, after the Biennale. Assessments have been conducted on the production supply chain (social impact, human & labour rights), total vehicle emissions, and production recycling targets and waste.
Why are trees important to our planet and the Global Goals?expand_more
Trees are the lungs of our planet, and are referenced in several Goals targets. They are essential to ensuring we have clean air and reduce pollution.
Where will the trees go afterwards?expand_more
This is the beginning of the trees journey - Every tree in the forest will be donated to and replanted in London, creating a living legacy that will help make our air cleaner and our lives greener. After the trees have graced the Somerset House courtyard, they will be donated to London boroughs as part of The Queen's Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative which encourages everyone to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee". The trees will be stored and replanted during the official planting season which begins in October. Southwark and Islington are two of the London boroughs which will receive the trees, creating a living durable legacy for the forest.
Can you walk amongst the trees, can you climb them?expand_more
We very much want visitors to enjoy a journey through Forest for Change and will be welcoming them on a guided route amongst the trees. For practical reasons, we need to bring in juvenile trees, so it won’t be possible to invite visitors to climb them.