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Earth Day at Somerset House

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On 22 April, Somerset House celebrates Earth Day - the world's largest environmental event - with a variety of extraordinary visceral experiences by leading artists. With a first-hand look at how we are polluting the air around us, the artworks are designed to deliver a powerful rallying cry to do more to protect the environment. A series of geodesic domes by British artist Michael Pinsky recreate the air of locations across three continents - London, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Tautra and New Delhi. Travelling through the Pollution Pods, visitors can sense the difference in these atmospheres and find the cleanest air anywhere in London. A new flag, flying at the top of Somerset House, will change colour as it reacts in real-time to London's air quality. The iconic colours of the Union Jack will transform, from red, white and blue to smoggy greys and sooty blacks, according to changes in the city, making the invisible visible. A host of hands-on workshops and talks from artist-activists on sustainable living, including a tour to the secret coalholes beneath Somerset House's courtyard where mushrooms are being grown as part of a new Edible Utopia project and an easy step-by-step workshop on how to become a proud plant parent. Michael Pinsky: Pollution Pods 18 - 24 April, with a free talk from creator Michael Pinsky at 1.30pm on Sunday 22 April: Free, Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court Earth Day tour and workshop on Sunday 22 April: Free, South Wing, 12.00 - 15.00 The Unseen Choropleth The flag will be raised at midday on Sunday 22 April, with a free talk from creator Lauren Bowker at 1pm on Sunday 22 April Free, Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

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Somerset House

The Strand
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
Public transport:
Tube: Temple/Covent Garden/Charing Cross/Embankment Mainline: Charing Cross/Waterloo/Blackfriars

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