Embassy becomes piece of art ahead of UK State Visit

Seeds have been sown for a digital artwork to appear on the facade of the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom. Dutch artist Simon Heijdens has been assigned to display a new version of his famous Lightweeds on the front of the building at 38 Hyde Park Gate, London. The artwork will be revealed ahead of the state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to the United Kingdom on 23 and 24 October.

Artist Simon Heijdens

Simon Heijdens inspecting the location where he will show his latest artwork, the Dutch Embassy in London

Ever evolving artwork

Lightweeds is a dynamic artwork. The digital plants react to their environment. Weather sensors register the amount of rain and sunlight, which directly influence the plants' growth. Sensors also pick up how windy it is, enabling the plants to sway in the wind. And the artwork interacts with people walking past too. Passers-by cause the Lightweeds to tremble and drop a few seeds, from which new plants will grow. Hence, Lightweeds is ever evolving. New plants emerge all the time, growing in places where there is most human activity, moving in the wind and digitally reproducing.

Lightweeds is a temporary artwork. It will be on show until the beginning of January 2019.

Simon Heijdens testing and sketching his artwork

Preparations for the artwork

About Simon Heijdens

Simon Heijdens is a Dutch artist, living in the United Kingdom. His installations explore and reveal hidden narratives in our everyday surroundings, often using light as a medium to make tangible the essence of a space, material or ritual. His acclaimed light projection works of living digital organisms Tree and Lightweeds have been exhibited and installed in over 50 museums, galleries and public spaces throughout Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia, including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Rotterdam, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain France, the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Haus der Kunst Munich and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow.

More info on simonheijdens.com.

Contact the Embassy

Contact our Culture, Education and Communications department via LON-PPC@minbuza.nl.