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The Work

An illuminated choral sculpture by leading artist Es Devlin highlighting the 243 species on London’s priority list - moths, birds, beetles, wildflowers, fish and fungi - will be installed outside the Tate Modern opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral. The large-scale public artwork, commissioned by Cartier, proposes that a first step towards protecting the biosphere is to pay detailed attention to its inhabitants: to observe and draw them, to learn their names and remember their stories. The work provides a space for London-based choral groups of the diaspora to perform each evening at sunset within a sliced open scale model of the dome of St Paul’s, teeming with Es Devlin’s pencil drawings of each of the 243 species. Open to the public from Wednesday, 21st September to Saturday, 1st October 2022 between 10am and 10pm. Tate Modern Garden, Bankside, London SE1 9TG


Artist Inspiration

“A dome originally meant a home. The work invites us to see, hear and feel our home, our city as an interconnected web of species and cultures, to learn and remember the names and sing those under threat into continued existence.” - Es Devlin

London's priority species

London’s 243 priority species have been identified by the London Biodiversity Action Plan as declining in numbers within the city and as priorities for active conservation and protection. Audiences are invited to engage with London Wildlife Trust in order to contribute and learn more.
Matt Alexander / PA Wire


Each evening at sunset, 7pm from the 22nd of September to the 1st of October - as well as, Saturday 1st October at 10am - an interpretation of Choral Evensong will be sung within the illuminated sculpture by London-based choral groups: rare and unique London voices, combined with the voices of the birds, bats and insects, that also consider London their home. Registration is not required to attend.


30th SEPTEMBER 7pm

Tenebrae London Bulgarian Choir

1st OCTOBER 10am

London Bulgarian Choir South African Cultural Gospel Choir Uk Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir

1st OCTOBER 7pm

The Sixteen London Bulgarian Choir  South African Cultural Gospel Choir Uk

Protecting London’s wildlife for the future

London Wildlife Trust is dedicated to protecting, conserving and enhancing the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces. Their vision is of a London alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife. Founded in 1981, the Trust manages 37 free-to-access nature reserves across the capital and engages with London’s diverse communities through practical land management, campaigning, volunteering and education in order to give London’s wildlife a voice. They work with many partners to advocate for a city richer in biodiversity and ecological resilience, through policy, planning and best practice. The Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK, with the support of over 800,000 members and 40,000 volunteers, to make local areas wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone. “The survival of our city’s wildlife is now at a tipping point – after decades of dramatic decline in many species, the window of possibility to halt, and reverse this decline is rapidly closing. Doing so depends not only upon the transformation of our everyday practices, the way we manage London’s green spaces, climate adaptive technologies and behaviours, but also upon securing a future for our wildlife in the city’s imagination." Mathew Frith, Director of Policy & Research at London Wildlife Trust

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The natural world is a source of inspiration and a beauty to protect for the Maison. Cartier supports its conservation through responsible sourcing and production, in tandem with programmes that support biodiversity, healthy ecosystems and a number of communities around the globe who play an important role in protecting the planet.