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The idea of a Yellow Brick Road is inspired by the Wizard of Oz and the work of Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45836387, whose work about land rights in Accra includes laying yellow plastic tapestries on the ground. As part of the project we want to hang one of Serge's yellow tapestries on the large, bare, concrete wall above the sculpture in the park. But if that isn't possible then a large banner artwork of some kind. The overall idea being to create a bright, fun, path for three months over the summer to coincide with the opening of the alleyway to the church yard and the B-Street festival. We'd include some graphic 'set' along the route, such as an Emerald City in Bermondsey Square, along with participatory performances and art works made of recycled materials, inviting local children (and adults) to get involved and also draw on parts of the 'road' to make it a community art work. We are also exploring LED lighting works.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The 'road' will draw attention to a new walking route through the alleyway joining up the park and the church yard. It will be a fun route for children and adults to follow, sparking people's imagination and drawing attention to the artistic aspects of the local area (such as the sculpture in the park, the wind sculpture above it, Vitrine gallery in Bermondsey Square etc.) It will encourage getting outside, going for a walk and involving oneself in the local community particularly after the difficult time we've had for the past year. It will also encourage creative participation along the route, with drawing, performance and sculpture involving the local community. Ideally we'd like to involve one of Serge Clottey's art works along the route, creating a conversation about social justice and drawing attention to his work in Accra. There will be an underlying theme about recycling, environment and aspects of physical and mental wellbeing.
Steps to get it done:
The 'road' would be made of individual 'bricks' printed vinyl which is relatively affordable and passes health and safety criteria. The Council are supportive of the idea, as are various members of the local community.
About the space
Tanner Street Park to Bermondsey Square, via the alleyway and church yard
London Borough of Southwark
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