UCL East


Trēow of Time


Larry Achiampong and David Blandy 
UCL Slade School of Fine Art Alumni

Larry’s Website: https://www.larryachiampong.co.uk/
David’s Website: https://davidblandy.co.uk/

Larry’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larryachiampong/
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For their first permanent artwork, Larry Achiampong and David Blandy engaged in conversations with UCL academics and responded to the landscape surrounding the new UCL East campus. They have created a hyper-real installation inspired by 3D video gaming and their time spent between the natural and virtual realms. The work was conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic, and it reflects on a time of collective re-discovery of nature as a source of healing and wellbeing, whilst simultaneously highlighting inequalities that exist in access to green spaces.

The film was shot on location in Epping Forest, which once stretched down to Romford Road. Local people helped save the forest from destruction in the 1870s, preserving it for future generations. In the film, we follow Achiampong’s son (an east London resident) as he marvels at a huge, ancient oak tree. His presence deliberately challenges racist ideas about who belongs in the English countryside, reclaiming it as a space for everyone. 

The artwork is a meditation on our relationship to nature: vital to our wellbeing but inevitably reduced by urban development.


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