Friday, 11 June 2010

Stirchley plants feature in city centre artwork 'An Incidental Estate'

You might be interested in attending this - it is one of a handful of artworks that will be shown in car parking bays in the city centre called 'An Incidental Estate', part of the wider activity 'Roadworks' that is taking place as part of the ongoing drive for the title of City of Culture.

It will be taking place on Monday 14th June - from 11am until 6.30pm outside RBS on Colmore Row - the work has been curated by Trevor Pitt (of 'Soft Bench' fame) and Carolyn Morton.

I have lent some of the plants that had been rescued from gardens of the derelict houses in Hazelwell Lane, that formed Stirchley Thought Exchange, to the artwork for the day, so that their stories can be shared with residents from further afield.

More about An Incidental Estate:
Plants, turf and mulch have been borrowed from the back gardens and parks of Birmingham for a day to create a suburban garden in the heart of the city. Trevor Pitt and Carolyn Morton are on hand to give guided tours of The Estate, which will feature plants grown by students at the Horticultural Training School in Kings Heath Park, plants from gardens of derelict houses from the Stirchley Thought Exchange project by Roxie Collins, turf from Kings Norton, Soft Bench knitted by the ladies of Glebe Farm and The Estate flag, specially designed by Kate Pemberton. To mark the occasion visitors are invited to use flowers and wool to craft a personalised buttonhole as a memento of the day.

I hope you are able to visit the garden... I am certain that it will be an inspiring gem in the midst of the lunchtime army of grey business suits! They wont know what's hit them!

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