Supporting and enabling creative and diverse projects that benefit our local communities
Public collaboration art piece led by artist/videographer/educator Ashton Merrifield and Community builder/Curator Wilfried Rimensberger, which reflects diversity and changes over time whilst solidifying connections across the local community and Church Street Market visitors from across London. Through this unsettling time in history marked by challenges to historic settings, needed visions and environmental threats, we are bringing people together using up-skilling, art-making as tools to bridge digital multimedia and nature in an urban environment, enhance social cohesion, having fun and be creatively productive together! After a series of public planning and up-skilling workshops, a number of photographic portraits taken by and representing local residents and market traders will be turned into an assemblage made of plants, flowers, wicker all mounted as a living wall.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The living wall brings people together through learning and public artistic engagement, providing a sense of belonging and ownership. People form strong connections with each other, neighbours and visualise a connected outward-looking community. People explore the connection of living things, change and the place called home. This project helps overcome the challenges of gentrification and change.
Steps to get it done:
Plants will be placed in the structure by inviting the public during a community action day. The finished portrait will go through natural seasonal changes and can be renewed every year with different portraits. The project is documented with a video production including the changes of the artwork during the seasons. The wall is accompanied by a wicker man/woman installation made of wicker and juxtaposed by a flat screen.
About the space
City of Westminster