The Forked Forest Path

Olafur Eliasson


18 May - 20 June 2021


This Spring explore the twisting pathways of a fairytale forest that sprang up in the imagination of the internationally renowned Danish–Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. This landmark work  will be one of Fabrica’s most immersive and memorable exhibitions to date, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year. Presented in partnership with Brighton Festival, the exhibition will run from 18 May to 20 June 2021.


The Forked Forest Path at Fabrica will take the visitor on a journey through the gallery space, interacting with the natural world. Led by a trail that entices visitors into a dense thicket you will be immersed in an installation filled with branches, saplings and thinnings, combined with a strong, earthy smell reminiscent of a forest floor that enfolds viewers in the sights, scents and textures of a wood in winter.


The Forked Forest Path evokes a strong sense of ‘the woods’ and our relationship to this aspect of nature and human folklore. The artist’s stipulation for recreating The Forked Forest Path is that exhibitors must source branches and saplings locally and sustainably in order to create it. The materials for this exhibition have been sourced from Foxwood Foresty near Lewes, Stanmer Park, Wilderness Wood and Laughton Greenwood.


And, as in so many fairytales, a fork in the path hints of peril or happy endings. Which way will you choose? 

The Forked Forest Path is part of the Towner Collection on loan to Fabrica from Towner Eastbourne. It has previously been exhibited at Towner (twice) at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. 

Artist Residencies

Artist Steve Geliot will be undertaking a residency with Fabrica alongside The Forked Forest Path which will be a platform to highlight his relationship as an artist to the natural world and particularly his Dark Skies campaigning work of recent years. Steve will have his own blog and will be organising two nighttime events during the exhibition run. Read the blog here.

In partnership with The Living Coast (TLC) artist Anna Dumitriu has been selected for the Fabrica-TLC Artist Residency 2021. Anna's residency and accompanying blog 'Algologies' takes place 17 May–17 June and will be a deep dive into the study of seaweed, its scientific, economic and social history and how this resonates locally through specific people and places, and The Living Coast and Biosphere goals. Read the blog here.

Opening times:


Monday - closed except for Bank Holidays (11am - 6pm)

Tuesday 11am - 6pm

Wednesday - 11am - 6pm

Thursday 11am - 6pm

Friday 11am - 6pm

Saturday 11am - 6pm

Sunday - 11am - 6pm 

Free entry

Entrance on Ship Street

Length of visit

Although booking is not required your time in the artwork will be limited up to 10 mins. The piece will consist of one artwork that can be explored in around 10 minutes. 

For more information about visiting us please see our Plan Your Visit page

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Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s works span sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.

Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied from 1989 to 1995 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians.

Olafur Eliasson has transformed some of the world’s most iconic spaces with his large-scale installations and stunning visuals, including Tate Modern, where his The Weather Project memorably inhabited the vast Turbine Hall. -

Co-presented with Brighton Festival 

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