SOWF // Day 5

July 1, 2008

Today we did stickers, loads and loads of stickers. They were to hand out to the public. There was a barbecue sticker and logos for the lido, one of them is a bath tub and one is an upside down man. We went to visit Fritz’s Edible Garden in an estate on Webber Street. They were growing thyme and other herbs, courgettes, beetroot, pumpkins, apple trees, corn on the cob, and flowers, which were all edible, and it was managed by Bankside Open Spaces Trust. We met Carole who was one of the creators of the garden. She told us how they identified the site, they went to each door with a clipboard and asked people what they thought about it and eighty percent thought it was a great idea.
When we came back we worked on the performance, but everyone we were relying on to take part did not show up. So we did it ourselves. DIY. We’re going to have to change how we begin the piece, but it will still work, it will be a surprise.
On site today the gravel arrived. Fifteen tonnes. They have been spreading it out evenly with a rake. It didn’t look like easy work. Walking on it isn’t easy either. Also Fred was heating the plastic on the bubble to tighten it up and shrink wrap it to the scaffolding.
On Thursday we’re going to do more graphics with Gonzague and he said we should bring tshirts because we’re going to print on them and also we’re going to try and get our performance up to standard.





One Response to “SOWF // Day 5”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    *Walking on it isn’t easy either.*

    Too right. I’m wondering what decisions the team made about accessibility on the site, I’m guessing that these were minimal.

    The official blurb for the Lido uses words and phrases like “community,” “urban renewal,” “cultural engagement,” “futuristic,” and yet a large part of it is inaccessible to many members of the community. Yesterday I saw someone using a wheelchair who had to struggle over the cobbles, and who couldn’t explore the larger site. But I also found the site difficult to navigate and I do not have mobility impairments. I imagine older people would struggle too.

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