Come Home Again features pencil drawings of endangered species
Devlin created the Come Home Again installation out of recycled steel and her own pencil drawings of London’s endangered species, which have been arranged in illuminated decorative clusters.
The sculpture is illuminated at night
Come Home Again aims to highlight the importance of protecting these endangered species by drawing public attention to them, according to Devlin.
“A dome originally meant a home,” said the designer.
“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.”
Similarly to a cathedral, the sculpture has tiered steps on its lower portion. In place of the hymn books traditionally found in a cathedral, these feature QR codes that visitors are invited to scan to learn more about the species.
Various London-based choirs will perform an interpretation of choral evensong – a traditional church music service – within the sculpture at sunset each evening until 1 October, when the work will be dismantled.
It is located outside London’s Tate Modern
The choirs will also sing the names of the many endangered species that the project references. During the daytime, a soundscape of the noises made by the species will play for audiences to sit and listen to.
Devlin has created a number of other projects that aim to draw attention to climate change, including a temporary installation called Conference of the Trees that she unveiled during last year’s COP26 climate conference.
The photography is by Max Alexander.
Comissioned by jewellery brand Cartier, Come Home Again is on display at the Tate Modern from 22 September to 1 October 2022. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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