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The New Unit London Hosts Adrian Houston

September 18, 2018

Arts | by Thomas Falkenstedt


Adrian Houston’s A Portrait of the Tree is an exhibition starring global influencers revealing the secrets behind their favourite tree. The group consists of members as diverse as they are influential, from Richard Branson to Goldie Hawn, Nick Mason to Jasper Conran, and Candid’s Thomas Falkenstedt has been there to check it out.

It was in 2013 that Adrian Houston first began questioning people about their favourite tree, concerned that so many of our indigenous trees are being affected by disease and the increasing global warming.

Trees, after all, are the longest living organism on the planet and essential to life as we know it. But when did you last really look at a tree? Five years ago Adrian Houston decided to embark on an ambitious project that would give trees a voice.

Adrian Houston

Along the way Adrian Houston heard many fascinating stories. Designer Jasper Conran talked about the beech tree (picture above) outside his bedroom window; the first and last thing he sees each day.

Perhaps most poignant of all is the Cedar of Lebanon – part of the proud history and landscape of the grounds of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, owned by legendary chef, Raymond Blanc. Sadly, this magnificent tree was diseased and had to be cut down. Adrian’s art will now ensure it is captured for posterity.

Adrian Houston

Tales exchanged, Adrian Houston then traveled throughout the UK, and further afield to Namibia, Madagascar, Ibiza, France and America to photograph the trees in question. These photographs, accompanied by their stories, are the ones displayed at the exhibition.

A Portrait of the Tree is styled and dressed to make the entire experience immersive, interactive, joyful, educational and exciting. The doorway leads visitors through an ancient oak into an immersive world of trees and woodland soundscapes and awaits your visit to this exhibition.

A Portrait of the Tree will run at Unit London’s new Hanover Square site from 17th to 28th September. For more information about Adrian Houston, go to his website.

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