Breathe: A Green Lung

Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie

Breathe; A Green Lung Concept Artwork for Barbican Foyers

An installation reflecting upon the interactions between people and plants, that are essential for creating healthier cities.

A lack of clean air is a recognised problem in urban areas. One way of addressing this is by increasing the amount of plants we have in our buildings, and the spaces around them. By creating ‘living walls’(structures often made of foliage, flowers and trees), we allow these organic systems to purify the air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors. Plants absorb carbon dioxide through their root systems and trap other polluting matter, and Breathe: A Green Lung is a creative interpretation of the ‘ecosystem services’ they are providing.

The installation comprises two living wall structures forming a triangular enclosure, with openings that provide vantage points to view an inner sanctuary with stained-glass greenhouse inside. You’re invited to immerse yourself in the sound and light that emanates from inside and contemplate the new relationships we must continue to forge with the natural world. 


Devised by Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie and delivered in partnership with Treebox by Biotecture.

Heywood and Condie courtesy of VIGO gallery, London. Thanks to the Royal Horticultural Society for helping to initiate the project. The project is funded as part of the City of London Corporation’s Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) project and is supported by the Mayor of London.

Opening Hours

Mon–Sat: 9am–11pm
Sun: 11am–11pm 

Bank Holidays: 12 noon–11pm


Please contact the Box Office on 0845 120 7500 with any access related enquiries.

Please note Breathe: A Green Lung will be closed on:

  • Fri 23 Mar
  • Sat 24 Mar (until 3pm)
  • Thur 12 Apr (until 6pm)
  • Tues 24 Apr
  • Wed 25 Apr


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