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DIRTY-help our community Totem Pole rise

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DIRTY-help our community Totem Pole rise

DIRTY-help our community Totem Pole rise

Maria  Bada By Maria Bada

Help a community eco Totem Pole rise in SE26! YAH Itinerant Eco-village wants to create a community eco totem pole using eco-materials and building techniques which are safe and accessible.

Lewisham Delivery stage

pledged of £5,692

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Drawing on several years experience building with the materials, including previously running
workshops in both creating adobe bricks and cob, Hannah Gardiner in collaboration with
C.O.B (Community Outreach Building) will guide the young people through a series of structured workshops, demonstrating the links of their workshop experience with wider applications for eco-building.
The first practical workshop will involve making a cob mix.

Other workshops would include: a talk about natural building, experimenting with mark making techniques, using bricks to build the final form, and creating a relief mural on the final form.
The only parts that the young people would not be able to be directly involved in would be laying the foundations and adding the final water-proof render.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create several power animals sculptures (butterflies, walruses , panther, sheep)
  • Decorate the totem with relief carving and printed motifs.
  • Create a totem pole with self-built eco materials

Why it's a great idea:

- DIRTY gives the opportunity for people to develop skills and knowledge of
sustainable building techniques
- It expande creativity and confidence in younger and older people, while enjoying themselves.
- It enhance community cohesion and favour intergenerational exchange, as different age-groups work together.
- The act of putting the feet in mud is a great experience especially for young people from the city,
- The process develops communication and team-work skills.
- This project will give community ownership to the final iconic sculpture with the local animal icons of the areas, reducing risk of vandalism.

Steps to get it done:

  • Creating a relief mural on the final form
  • creating bricks to build the Totem pole
  • Mark making techniques
  • practical workshops
  • Talks about natural building philosophy and practice introducing eco-building techniques


The workshops would be carried out with pupils from the chosen areas junior schools and
elderly members of the public. The local community will be directly involved and “get
their hands dirty” in almost every stage of the process.

Follow-up session:

At the end of the project, with the unveiling celebration, the leading artist will work with the
children to create a short presentation about the techniques used to be shared with the
wider community. We could also document the project with a blog, with any young person
who is interested collaborating on this.


Location Lewisham

About the space

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Lewisham Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,691

Workshop Fees - £3,240 (57%)
Foundations of final sculpture (estimated, depending on type of ground) - £940 (17%)
Contingency 10% - £400 (7%)
Building Materials for Final Work - £303 (5%)
Project Co-ordination - £200 (4%)
Workshop Materials - £60 (1%)
Other - £548 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Workshop Fees
Foundations of final sculpture (estimated, depending on type of ground)
Contingency 10%
Building Materials for Final Work
Project Co-ordination
Workshop Materials
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £5,691

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