Nobel-Prize-winning poet, WB Yeats, though inspired by Irish legend, landscape & longing, actually spent two-thirds of his young life among the roadways & pavements grey cited in his much-loved poem, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree', written here in Bedford Park & reflecting an exile’s urban/London experience crucial to shaping both Yeats’s (& Ireland’s) identity, & English literature. Yeats spent most of his London family years here in Chiswick, West London, in Bedford Park, the world’s first-ever garden-suburb, whose diverse, Bohemian, artists’-colony residents, fostered the young Irish poet’s unique creative genius. The only poet writing in English & brought up in England to win the Nobel Prize has, however, no monument in England! The local community, the Irish-in-London migrant community & poets & artists throughout the capital agree it's time to celebrate both Yeats's genius, and contribution to the arts, and Bedford Park's, and London's, fostering of that genius and creativity!
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our artwork project will: Celebrate poetry, & Yeats’s poetry in particular Honour a local resident who became a major international literary figure Highlight Bedford Park’s role in fostering Yeats’s genius Underline Bedford Park’s historic importance as a progressive, artistic community Enhance the local environment Promote contemporary art Provide a London place-of-literary-pilgrimage for poets, academics, Yeatsians & anyone who loves art & culture, from Britain, Ireland, the US, & round the world Recall the mutually-valuable London-Ireland cultural exchange exemplified by Yeats’s life & work Recognise the capital’s history as a hub for migrants, enriching its culture while benefiting from its resources/networks to develop their own ideas & identity Acknowledge importance of the built environment in nurturing creativity & community, arts & culture Spotlight Bedford Park/Chiswick as centre of contemporary creativity Celebrate the local community's heritage & inspire young people!
Steps to get it done:
Apart from improving local amenity, local schools see the artwork a focus/inspiration for their students, (esp. a local theatre school), the local 'preservation' Society see the project attracting public attention to the garden-suburb's unique history; for local businesses it will bring visitors to an increasingly popular shops-&-cafe area by Turnham Green Station, London-Irish organisations see the venture as highlighting Irish historical cultural status in London by honouring someone who contributed massively to British and Irish culture and life and belongs to both, the Sinhalese Buddhist community supports the project as highlighting Bedford Park's & Yeat's' late 19c interest in Eastern spirituality, and local people generally are happy to see their area's cultural/creativity/artistic status celebrated and the environment improved. Writers and artists support the project not simply because of its advocacy of the arts but because it should create a new London cultural/creative hub.
About the space
On the green (hedged) triangle where Woodstock Rd (Yeats lived 50 yds away) meets The Avenue, visible from Turnham Grn Stn, Acton Green park, St Michael's Vhurch, the Tabard Inn, the old Bedford Park Club, the Art School etc
London Borough of Hounslow
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