In this peaceful and restorative installation in St Bartholomew’s Hospital’s North Wing, artist Chrystel Lebas offers staff, patients and the public an immersive experience including forest photography, ambient sounds and the scent of petrichor.
Regarding Forests touring exhibition
Artist Chrystel Lebas presents two new works from the ‘Regarding Forests’ photographic series in a multisensory, free installation within the Grade I-listed North Wing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London.
In 2019 Chrystel Lebas travelled to the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, USA, and then on to the Japanese island of Yakushima, known for its Yakusugi or cedar trees. Her large-scale photographs of these two temperate rainforests, which contain some of the oldest living trees in the world, will be accompanied by a soundscape composed of the ambient sounds recorded on location as well as the scent of petrichor, which evokes the smell of the forest floor after it has rained.
‘Regarding Forests’ is a touring exhibition by Wellcome Collection and is part of the ‘On Happiness’ season.
Visit the free installation
Barts Heritage, North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, EC1A 7BE
7 September - 2 December 2021
Tuesdays to Fridays, 11.00–16.00 (plus additional times for patients/staff with requirements outside of the opening hours)
Open House Festival 2021: Barts Heritage and 'Regarding Forests' will be open on Sunday 5 September, 11.00–16.00.
About the artist
Chrystel Lebas is a French visual artist based in London. Interested in looking at how landscapes contain psychological significance in relation to visually concealed histories, Chrystel uses photography and the moving image to address a wider understanding of the complex encounter between humans and nature. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is in private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris). Her publications include ‘Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives’ (2017), winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Best Photography Book 2018.