12 September 2020
20 September 2020

The headliner installation ‘On their way’ is based on a series of interventions which double as a thoughtful wayfinding trail around the King’s Cross site.


Mature trees have been transported into King’s Cross and carefully positioned in temporary resting places. Their crowns point visitors towards the next destination, from King’s Cross station to Coal Drops Yard via Granary Square. The trees are found in purposefully unexpected situations and angles, emphasising the transient nature of their time here at King’s Cross. They are, literally, on their way elsewhere: after serving as landmarks and meeting points for the duration of the Festival, the trees will be brought together in their permanent home at The Grove school in Tottenham for students with autism. There they will bring necessary shade to a currently treeless playground.


muf architecture/art founding partner Liza Fior says: “Like so many well-designed things waiting to be picked up, put on, used, trees without their roots in the ground are incomplete. Bringing these powerful yet vulnerable living things to Kings Cross, with Atelier One and Willerby Landscapes has provoked some great discussions.”


muf’s response to the wayfinding brief subverts the usually fleeting nature of a festival-led commission. They have instead re-purposed the available resources to create a space of lasting value, whilst simultaneously fulfilling the brief for a temporary intervention at King’s Cross.

A series of activities are scheduled to take place around the trees during the Festival. These include a tree giveaway, a showcase of Central Saint Martins graduate work, the launch ofConversations on Urban Forestry by landscape architect Johanna Gibbons and a series of arboreal drawing and photography activities. muf have worked with a series of trusted collaborators including Atelier One, Stuart Inge and Willerby Landscapes to realise the project.

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