In her first solo UK exhibition, Slovenian architect and artist, Marjetica Potrč created a powerful evocation of Amazonian life in the 21st century.
Forest Rising was an ‘island community’ floated on some 40 trees, including a field, pier, helicopter platform and a school, complete with solar panelling and satellite dish.
In focusing on a commendable local response to de-forestation and rising water levels, Potrč’s commission inevitably pointed to the dangers of globalization, climate change and unsustainable urban growth. However, firmly imbued with an aesthetic of hope, Forest Rising showed how rural living can offer a model for the future; a vibrant community that is both self-supporting and globally connected.
Most positively of all, Potrč found a commonality between the utopianism of the Barbican, with its high-walks and monolithic raised dwellings, and the inspired strategies of a community on the other side of the world.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Additional support provided by The Rayne Foundation, the Henry Moore Foundation, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, London, and Abel & Cole.