Exhibition: The Arks of Gimokudan by Leeroy New

This exhibition CLOSED on Tue, 26th Apr 2022

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Cost: Free of Charge

Filipino artist-designer Leeroy New presents his first UK large-scale installation, The Arks of Gimokudan, a major new commission by Somerset House to mark the occasion of Earth Day 2022. ​

This striking outdoor installation features a fleet of three ships, constructed using reused and recycled materials and plastic waste.

Docked within the centre of Somerset House’s famous courtyard, the arks appear to float, elevated up to three metres from the ground, inviting visitors to imagine they are underwater themselves, looking up to these fantastical forms. The Arks of Gimokudan invites audiences to engage creatively with the complexities of history, culture and our collective future, in the context of global climate and ecological crisis.​

Leeroy New moulds and manipulates the plastics by hand, transforming waste into something of delight and beauty, giving each form a mesmerising appearance.

Occupying a central space in London, New brings attention to the communities and countries which face irreversible damage, but are often an afterthought in today’s climate change debates. ​

The ships take on different forms representing the Philippine’s past, present and imagined future: a Spanish imperial galleon highlights the Philippines’ long history of colonisation; a contemporary, military battleship, references continued territorial conflict and international tension in the region; and finally, a futuristic depiction of a spaceship, inspired by New’s fascination with sci-fi and world-making, through which he imagines and creates alternative futures for himself, his peers and community. ​

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Strand, London,

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