Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Food for thoughts, a piece of cake for ideas about local public space.
During the day the space was a creche, a youth club, a dog walkers rest, a lunch spot... a social space.
The first person to visit us in our living room on Cocklemoor was 8 months pregnant and fell asleep on the sofa. Her dreams were considered to be part of the work.
'THIS GARDEN WAS DONATED BY TESCO STORES LTD TO LANGPORT TOWN COUNCIL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RESIDENTS OF LANGPORT'
Using flowers bought from the market under the Town Hall, Debbie said: she will have to say to her supplier “They are for a wedding” – that way they’ll be open for the Saturday. “No point in saying they are for art”.
As well as creating the memorial, questioning the history, politics and ownership of 'public space, we made a number of rubbings from the memorial stone. Images will be posted later.
We invited Hannah Aitkin to run a forest school workshop that encouraged young people and families to build and decorate shelters in the centre of Langport. The activities encouraged a re- visioning of how the outdoor space in cocklemoor could be used for temporary events and gave us a chance to chat to participants about their aspirations for the public space around the town.
Monday, 4 October 2010
A virus is taking over Langport. Lampposts all over the town are appearing as if they have been coloured by a drunken guerrilla painter trying to ‘brighten’ the place up. It doesn’t work. Bad painting, poor choice of colours and a seeming disregard for what is painted makes this a naive and ill considered attempt to make any serious difference to how public space could be improved.
This said, there is obviously a real desire to use ‘art’ to make a difference to the look and feel of Langport, which I am whole heartedly behind.
I have found out whom the ‘guerrilla’ is, don’t ask, I am sworn to secrecy. I have offered some guerrilla training so that any future interventions would be more considerate, less vandalism.