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ES DEVLIN CREATES 24 METRE TUNNEL AT 180 THE STRAND

13 October 2021 to 18 December 2021 London

A monumental new artwork by artist and designer Es Devlin, BLUESKYWHITE, commissioned by 180 Studios has been unveiled at 180 The Strand, London on 13 October 2021 (to 18 December 2021). The work is part of a new immersive group show: LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art organised by SUUM Project in collaboration with Fact at 180 Studios, featuring works by Refik Anadol, Carsten Nicolai, Hito Steyerl, Random International and Universal Everything.

Es Devlin is an artist and designer who is known for creating large-scale installations and environments that combine music, language, and light. Es Devlin’s new work has been made in response to solar engineering proposals to ‘dim the sun’ in order to counter global heating, with unpredictable potential side effects including an end to blue skies.

Es Devlin said: “The work invites the viewer to experience two perspectives: in the tunnel they are immersed in a nineteenth century Romantic poet’s first hand account of ‘the year without summer’ caused by an 1815 volcanic eruption. Once through the tunnel they are presented with contemporary accounts of solar geo-engineered solutions to global heating based on the phenomenon experienced by Byron  - none of which feel palatable yet some of which might become inevitable’”

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