Happy by nature

A new exhibition explores the relationship between humans and nature.

Biophilia: Nature Reimagined is a new multisensory exhibition that brings together more than 70 imaginative works, including architectural models and photographs, objects, fashion, digital installations and immersive art experiences, that collectively highlight the transformative power of nature.


Taking place at the Denver Art Museum until 11 August 2024, the exhibition features works by MAD Architects, Studio Drift, Studio Gang, Iris van Herpen, Mathieu Lehanneur and David Wiseman, among others.


One of the pieces featured is Design Indaba alum Studio Drift’s ‘Meadow’, a kinetic installation that features colourful mechanical flowers suspended from above that open and close in an ever-changing choreography. The rhythmic and perpetual motion captures attention effortlessly allowing the mind to relax and recover.


‘Biophilia’, a term popularised by American biologist and author Edward O Wilson, theorises that as humans have evolved as a species, they have been intricately intertwined with the natural world. According to DAM, the exhibition invites deep reflection and poses relevant questions for audiences to consider life in a hyper-accelerated digital and urban-centric world.


‘Biophilia explores the human need to connect with the natural world and its ability to improve our health, spark the imagination, and strengthen personal and community relationships,’ said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. ‘Engaging visitors of all ages, Biophilia invites us to reflect on our innate bonds with nature through inspired works of architecture, art and design that evoke the structures and phenomena found in the natural world.’


The exhibition is broken down into three themes spotlighting aspects of nature that most impact our wellbeing: Natural Analogs: Form and Pattern; Natural Systems: Processes and Phenomena; and Topophilia: People and Place.


Natural Analogs examines the simulation of naturally occurring shapes, sequences and patterns with varying degrees of abstraction, while Natural Systems explores nature’s processes and phenomena, with a focus on seasonal and temporal changes. Topophilia considers the emotional connection between people and their physical environment.



Shore thing


Art of noise


The school of nature