Quite often, we just impose ourselves on the planet for our survival bothering in the least about the possible outlays. Still, there are radicals who wish to sustain man’s long-drawn-out continuation and keep on suggesting strange methods to unify art and sustainability. Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009 is one such attempt to maintain the equilibrium. Some 25 architects and artists at the Barbican Art Gallery in London will put their art on display from Jun 19 to October 19.
Man and the planet:
The Barbican transforms itself into a series of mini-gardens. Here, you won’t see any stalls or the likes where you can just pass your time. Instead, it forces one to think how the anomalous living practices deform the planet and how a sensitive soul can find order in disarray. Calling it ingenuity with a purpose will be a clear lack of discretion since it doesn’t exemplify practicality. It’s more of fantasizing kind of demonstration rather a firm pedestal to latch on.
Inspiring display of classic ingenuity:
Markedly, chronology misses out to make way for artistic exhibition of eco-friendly ideas beyond the generations. Land Art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopianism being the core values, Radical Nature transforms itself into an incredible landscape. It’s a complete mosaic of sterling works by some eminent architects and artists. Ant Farm, Richard Buckminster Fuller, artists Joseph Beuys, Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke and Robert Smithson stand for the veteran expertise while Heather and Ivan Morrison, R&Sie(n), Philippe Rahm architects and Simon Starling represent the youthful creativity. That’s not all for sure; it also projects some re-staged historical installations located in the outdoor spaces around the Barbican.