Artist Es Devlin OBE has discovered a novel way to bring endangered species into the consciousness of the general public. The artist, who does large-scale public artworks and stage sculptures, that combine light, music, and language, created an illuminated sculpture depicting endangered species that is not only stunning but thought-provoking too.
Devlin’s immersive public installation is titled ‘Come Home Again’ and is sponsored by Cartier. It is located in the Tate Modern Garden, opposite London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. In fact, the sculpture, in the shape of a dome, takes inspiration from the cathedral. Says she on mymodernmet.com, “A dome originally meant a home. The work invites us to see, hear and feel our home, our city as an interconnected web of species and cultures, to learn and remember the names and sing those under threat into continued existence.”
“Opportunity for the viewers to become aware of the endangered species of the city.”
Devlin has displayed a total of 243 endangered species in the form of drawings placed on the sculpture. These species not only include endangered animals and birds but also endangered moths, beetles, fungi, and wildflowers. All of them are on London’s priority conservation list. This illuminated sculpture gives an opportunity for the viewers to become aware of the endangered species of the city. In addition, this artist has other innumerable artworks and installations to her credit.
She was made OBE in 2015 and named Royal Designer for Industry in 2018
Devlin did her schooling at Cranbrook School in Kent, UK, and English Literature with Honors from Bristol University, UK. This talented artist went on to do a foundation course from Central St Martins School of Art and Design in London, UK, and also a Motley Theatre Design course. Currently, she is a fellow of the University of the Arts London. She was made OBE in 2015 and named Royal Designer for Industry in 2018. She has won a number of awards as an artist and a designer.
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