Nobel-Prize-winning poet, WB Yeats, inspired by Irish legend, landscape & longing, actually grew up (from age 2) among the roadways & 'pavements grey' of his much-loved poem, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree', written here in Bedford Park, describing the exile that shaped his writing, a Celtic Revival, & the course of English Literature. Most of those years were in Bedford Park, the world’s first garden-suburb, whose diverse, Bohemian community fostered the young Irish poet’s unique creativity Yet the only Nobel-Prize-winning poet brought up in England has no monument in England! Help the local community, organisations, schools, migrant communities (including London-Irish), & poets & artists everywhere install a sculpture celebrating Bedford Park's progressive spirit & Yeats’s poetic genius! Our planning application has been submitted and a decision is expected in March. No funds will be transferred to the project until planning permission has been granted.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The artwork will: CELEBRATE Yeats’s poetry & drama HONOUR a local schoolkid who became a major international literary figure HIGHLIGHT Bedford Park’s role in fostering Yeats’s genius INSPIRE local young people to participate in poetry, drama & visual arts ENCOURAGE community pride in the area’s unique cultural/arts heritage PROMOTE contemporary art IMPROVE public space ENHANCE the environment ATTRACT visitors SUPPORT the local economy RECOGNISE the mutually valuable Irish-British cultural interaction exemplified by Yeats’s life/work ACKNOWLEDGE migrant communities’ vital role in creating/enriching Britian’s arts/culture while benefiting from London as a cultural hub in which to develop their own art, ideas & identity REMEMBER Yeats’s own cross-cultural interest in Hinduism, Buddhism, & Eastern teaching & spirituality UNDERLINE Bedford Park’s historic significance as a progressive artistic community, the world’s first garden suburb, & a model for holistic housing development worldwide
Steps to get it done:
As well as improving amenity, local parents & schools see the artwork as focus/inspiration for their students, (including local theatre school); Bedford Park Society see the project attracting public attention to the garden-suburb's unique progressive spirit; for small businesses it will bring local & international visitors to the shops & cafe area around Turnham Green Station; London-Irish organisations see the project highlighting Irish cultural status in London by honouring someone who contributed massively to British & Irish culture/life & who 'belongs' to both; the local Buddhist community supports the project as highlighting Bedford Park's & Yeats's late 19c interest in Eastern spirituality; & local people generally are happy to see their area's cultural/creativity/artistic status celebrated & the environment enhanced. Writers & artists support the project not simply because of its advocacy for the arts but because it will inspire culture & creativity for generations to come!
About the space
On the green triangle where Woodstock Rd (the young Yeats lived 50yds away) meets The Avenue (Bedford Park's main thoroughfare), to be visible from Turnham Grn Stn, Acton Green, St Michael & All Angels, the Tabard Inn, the old Bedford Park Club (London Buddhist Vihara), the Art School (now ArtsEd theatre school) & from District & Piccadilly Lines!
London Borough of Hounslow
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