Future Forest by Bompas and Parr

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Future Forest by Bompas and Parr

Step inside a sweet fruit cloud jump on water at the 'Forest Zorb Lagoon' and learn the language of trees at Bompas & Parr's latest alchemistic installation the 'Future Forest'. The idea is that this trippy journey will bring visitors to a deeper appreciation of the natural world in 'the frenzy of a concrete jungle'. And it's all housed in a Westfield. What could be more 'natural' than that?

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Bompas & Parr’s summer 2017 held a unique event in both Westfield Centres in London called the Future Forest for a short run.  The event was also completely free in both centres to attend with no pre-booking required. Future Forest was all about exploring the relationship between humans and nature through a very fun and adventurous way.


Forest Village – This was about discovering and learning about plants and insects. What I really loved seeing was the different spider web silks as they all had different strengths depending on which spider made the web.


The Fruit Cloud – Everyday they have a different flavoured fog to inhale in the Fruit Cloud room. On the day I went they had the apple flavoured fog.  Before entering the cubed room with the heavy fog you are given a rain mac to wear to protect yourself from the wet fog.  It was hard to see through the misty fog. I also found it hard to breath in the environment and the fog made everything wet so I did not stay in there long but was fun. 


Adventure Zip-line – This was a fun experience I felt like Tarzan or should I say Jane flying and swooping back on down to the ground.  It’s fun and a great way for kids to have a bit of fun.


There is also many other fun activities going on throughout the day for the youngsters to experience from face painting, storytelling, balloon making etc.


The whole reason of Future Forest though is to highlight the importance of the future of the forest and the role it will increasingly play in our lives. This event certainly did provide an insight into the future of nature and it’s potential role in urban landscapes. It is hoped that anyone who visits will leave with a deeper understanding of the relevance of the natural world even amid the frenzy of the concrete jungle.