Come Home Again: A Choral Sculpture of Biodiversity
With Come Home Again, a project brought to life in collaboration with Cartier, artist Es Devlin spotlighted London’s endangered species.
Closing ceremony brings hope
Located in the Tate Modern garden opposite St Paul’s Cathedral from September 16th-25th, 2022, an illuminated sculpture highlighted the 243 species on London’s priority conservation list – from moths, birds and beetles to wildflowers, fish and fungi.
Accompanied by choirs from London’s diaspora communities who sang the names of these species under threat, this large-scale public artwork, commissioned by Cartier, proposed that the first step towards protecting the biosphere is to pay detailed attention to its inhabitants: to observe and draw them, to learn their names, and remember their stories, to become aware of the interconnection between species and cultures in the city.
Each evening at sunset, the installation – which took on the form of the Cathedral’s dome – welcomed a London-based choral group whose members’ voices were added to those of the birds, bats and insects who also consider London home. Meanwhile, Devlin’s pencil drawings of each of the 243 species were illuminated with projections.
London’s 243 priority species have been identified by the London Biodiversity Action Plan as declining in numbers within the city and as priorities for active conservation and protection. Audiences were invited to engage with the London Wildlife Trust in order to contribute to the cause.