Exhibition: Regarding Forests

This exhibition CLOSED on Thu, 2nd Dec 2021

This exhibition has finished.

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Cost: Free of Charge

Regarding Forests by artist Chrystel Lebas features large-scale photographs taken during her travels around the world.

Displayed in the hospital’s Grade I listed North Wing featuring its Great Hall and staircase painted by William Hogarth, the works will offer a moment of quiet reflection for NHS staff, patients and the public and a reminder of the health benefits of spending time in nature.

The installation at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is a collaboration between Barts Heritage and Wellcome Collection.

In 2019 Lebas visited the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, USA, and the Japanese island of Yakushima, known for its Yakusugi or cedar trees.

These two rainforests contain some of the oldest living trees in the world.

The giant photographs will be accompanied by ambient sounds recorded on location as well as the scent of petrichor which imitates the smell of the forest floor after rainfall.

Researchers at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo first publicised their research into the health benefits of shinrin-yoku or ‘forest bathing’ in the 1980s.

Studies suggest that being in nature calms the stress response of the nervous system, which in turn assists the body's immune response.

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St Bartholomew’s Hospital North Wing,

West Smithfield,

Map of St Bartholomew’s Hospital North Wing