Wild Wood Festival RBG Wakehurst Picture by Jim Holden

Rooted: Wakehurst premieres six tree-inspired outdoor art installations

This summer, Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, celebrates one of the world’s most
recognisable and loved plants – trees. They are vital to human existence. Trees form the life support of the planet, from storing carbon and sheltering wildlife, to providing shade and being scientifically proven to ease stress. 

In recognition of the phenomenal power of these woodland wonders, Wakehurst has commissioned a series of award-winning artists to create a series of spectacular outdoor installations across the 535-acre site.

Running Fri 7 July – Sun 17 Sept, this forms Wakehurst’s largest summer programme to date. The eight installations, six newly commissioned this year, capture a broad range of artistic practices, from sculpture to sound. They tale inspiration from Wakehurst’s varied landscapes and ecology. Each piece will explore a distinct theme and allow visitors of all ages to explore new perspectives on nature.

Further installations include a new trail of scorched ash tree monoliths. Also, the remaining trunks and stumps of trees felled because of the fungal disease, Ash Dieback. The reflective trail serves as a stark reminder of the rate at which the deadly disease is killing Ash trees across the country, commemorating their loss, whilst also drawing attention to pioneering research Kew scientists are undertaking to conserve Ash for the future.

Giant wood mouse, Little Lost Robot © RBG Kew

Visitors are invited to reflect on their time in nature in Forest Megaphones designed by Estonian artist Birgit Õigus.

Returning to Wakehurst this summer, the three giant wooden megaphones create the perfect place for visitors to sit, escape from everyday pressures, and feel grounded in a peaceful, beautiful setting.

Throughout the summer, visitors of all ages can also enjoy a series of activities and events for, from tree-climbing workshops for children, to live performances, pop-up food stalls and botanical cocktails in a new series of vibrant evening events, Wakehurst Summer Nights. The UK’s largest outdoor art installation, Planet Wakehurst by artist Catherine Nelson, complete with a new viewing platform offering spectacular views across the garden, forms the perfect end to the Wakehurst summer experience.

Tickets for Rooted are on sale now at: www.kew.org/rooted

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