September 2020 will see Liverpool Street station transformed into a living breathing forest. Together we can change the face of more than 5 million visits over the course of the 3 week installation. Intertwined with the OpenForest will be installation art pieces that inspire us to reconnect with the world around us, and question what we could be doing to encourage its well-being. After September over 7,000 plants and trees will be transferred to Victoria Park, creating a permanent legacy for this project. London inspires us every day, together we can create a space for creativity, for emotion, for connection, for inspiration. We are the change, together we can reach our and connect with one another, together we can forge a future we believe in.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Rapid urbanisation of our major cities has led to a disconnect from nature, damaging our physiological and psychological health, as well as our climate and air quality. We believe that this does not need to be an inevitability, cities like Singapore and Madrid have seen great success with indoor green installations. Now it is London's time. OpenForest will bring a living forest to the doorsteps of 200,000 people a day. This project will provide free exhibition space to up and coming London artists, supporting our vibrant art community. We will provide workshops and events on a range of green topics from mindfulness to sustainability, reflecting the diverse community we are working and living within. We are thrilled to be partnering with Tower Hamlets to bring over 7000 plants to Victoria Park to be enjoyed by everyone.
Steps to get it done:
The end of the installation is only the beginning, all the greenery used in the project will find a new home within Victoria Park offering a new space created by a passionate team of volunteers, for everyone to enjoy. We are thrilled to be partnering with Tower Hamlets, a borough very close to our hearts here at Team MISKE, having been our home since we all found our way to this city. Neighbouring the City of London, Tower Hamlets for us describes in a snapshot what this city is all about. Diversity, community, and some mind-blowingly amazing green spaces! OpenForest will become a permanent green space, making our city a little greener. We can't think of a more fitting thank-you to you, the people that make this project possible. Special thanks go to Network Rail for their impassioned support of this project, especially to Stuart Johnson; without his tireless work and support right from the get go, you would not be on this page today!
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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We visited Liverpool Street station over the weekend to talk to some of the people who use this station every day. Thank you for everyone who was willing to take time out of your busy schedule to chat with us! MISKE Open Forest in Liverpool Street station will help Liverpool Street station's community to touch a little bit of nature in their day. Offering a moment for everyone passing through to pause, and to connect, for better mental health and a greener world! Liverpool Street we LOVE you!!!
We started the morning visiting the replantation site in Victoria Park, followed by a wonderful meeting with Kate Cooper yoga to discuss our upcoming open yoga session (Details to be announced in events VERY soon!), then a visit to Ottolenghi Spitalfields where the team pledged a huge £382 thank you so much for your support, and then, to round off a beautiful day of record breaking pledges, we finished up at Liverpool Street station. A day full of MISKE activities! We cannot thank you all enough for the pledges we have received so far - big and small - you truly are all helping grow this project from the ground up! This project wouldn't be happening without you, it is amazing to see this community of nature lovers growing and growing. Please continue to spread the word, and let's see what MAGIC we can create together! THANK YOU!!