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Flag Commission

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From 22 Apr 2018
The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Celebrating World Earth Day 2018, Somerset House will raise a flag which reflects in real-time the impact of pollution and climatic changes in the environment around our building. 

Created by T H E U N S E E N, a material craft and innovation studio founded by Lauren Bowker which started life at Somerset House, the flag uses revolutionary inks which react to triggers such as temperature, light and air quality.  The design and colours of the flag will transform over time, according to the changes in the city.

In 2016, Somerset House initiated a series of commissions with artists to design its iconic flag, flying over its famous courtyard, with former flag artists including Jeremy Deller and Somerset House Studios artist Larry Achiampong.  This significant commission provides access to free public art for audiences from multiple vantage points across London.