Through kaleidoscope eyes
Hoarding, 2.5 x 24m
Bridget Sawyers Ltd, Art consultant
‘Through Kaleidoscope eyes’ is a public art commission for Tideway which is constructing the immense Thames Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer, urgently needed to help protect the tidal River Thames from increasing sewage pollution.
The commission represents a body of work responding to the ecology of King Georges Park, Wandsworth, and reflects a public programme of events in November 2017. The participatory programme, managed by the artist included an opportunity for families and children attending The West Hill Childrens’ Centre to engage with a local bee keeper, The Wandle Trust, and The Garden Classroom. Local residents were invited to create their own collages, generate ideas, gather reflections and stories about King George’s Park.
Using the kaleidoscope as inspiration, the act of looking and examining the park and its ecology became the focus of the workshops. Through a series of events, participants explored the plants and animals, and also the human activity, past and present within the park. The result was 6 site specific collages with a Kaleidoscopic form, interspersed with unfolding geometric forms, inspired by the science of Kaleidoscopes.
Look carefully, and the collages will take you on a journey from the south end of the park, meandering alongside the River Wandle, to the northern entrance, and then take you on one quick leap downstream to The Thames, much as the new sewer pipe will. Public Artist Tom Pearman created and arranged the digital artwork and designed the geometric forms.
Photography Floro Arqueta