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Barber & Osgerby to Unveil Forecast at London Design Biennale

Barber & Osgerby will be unveiling their latest project next month: a dynamic, large-scale installation that will serve as a centerpiece for the first-ever London Design Biennale.

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Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby will be unveiling their latest project next month, a dynamic, large-scale installation that will serve as a centerpiece for the first-ever London Design Biennale. The design duo will be representing their native UK among the 30+ countries that are presenting newly commissioned works for the event. For three weeks, from 7–27 September, the Somerset House will host exhibitions and programming addressing the inaugural theme, Utopia by Design. Barber & Osgerby’s “Forecast” will have pride of place in the central courtyard of the cultural site.

Inspired by meteorological instruments, “Forecast” is a large-scale sculpture that is powered by comprising wind masts, vanes, and other rotating elements. Designed to respond to the elements, the installation offers a subtle critique of the notion of utopia in a rapidly changing global context. Thus, “Forecast” offers a simple but powerful metaphor for how much the world has changed in the 500 years since Sir Thomas More penned his classic text.

Built by Litestructures with engineering by Arup, “Forecast” will be on view during the London Design Biennale from 7–27 September at the Somerset House.

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