Algae Meadow by Seyi Adelekun and Wayward – with the V&A

Event schedule details

Until mid- Oct

Daily

Event location details

V&A

The Algae Meadow has been created by Seyi Adelekun and Wayward, in partnership with the V&A, and working with specialists from UCL and Imperial College London. You can meander through a wildflower vertical meadow that connects the architecture of Exhibition Road to the depths of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park through a hydroponic algae canopy. Standing outside the Natural History Museum, wildflowers in the installation have been carefully selected to support bees and other pollinators.

Each of the pumps you see helps aerate a different tube of algae. Pumping feeds the algae with air/carbon dioxide helping it grow so it can be used to fertilize the meadow. The meadow is watered using a hydroponic system from the tanks below. The water is pumped by solar power which is harvested above. All the pipes are made from recycled plastic.

Did you know there are estimated to be over 75,000 species of algae? Algae form the base of many algae food chains and in this project, they are used to feed the meadow which has been planted with over 35 different types of native plants which are great for bees and other insects.

The Design Team:

Seyi Adelekun’s practice explores the importance of how being involved in the creation of the spaces can improve our wellbeing and empower communities, and sees public art as an accessible platform to engage the wider public with key issues.

For this project, Seyi has collaborated with Wayward – a London-based landscape, art and architecture practice. Since 2006, Wayward has pioneered new methodologies in the creative use of underused land, translating derelict sites into large-scale, design-driven spaces that engage local communities and inspire international audiences, connecting plants and people.

Image credit: Luke O'Donovan