Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The Mabley Green Boulder by John Frankland!!




Thanks to Councillor Christine Boyd for the heads-up on this great opportunity to chat to John Frankland at the Hackney Wick Community Centre (that's the Old Baths to some of us) on Thursday 26th June @ 7.00pm.

Please - I urge you - get down the road to find out more about our new local attraction!

John has got hold of two MASSIVE pieces of Cornish granite & is planting one here in Mabley Green (that's right next to the astro-turf footie field around the corner to some of us) - and the other in Shoreditch Park up the road.

What we do with it is up to us......

Stare at it, picnic under it, climb it, kick a ball against it, photograph it, light candles all around it at night, wrap a giant red bow around it on World Aids Day (1st December every year), go get your own in Cornwall & plant a replica in your own back garden - whatever!

But please take to 1 minute walk down to the Community Centre on Thursday to chat to John - he's is truly one of the art community's amazing people!

Oh yes....... I forgot to mention - this is one of the first improvements to our streets from the money those Olympic people are giving out. Remember the article about REAP (Recreational & Environmental Action Program) that we wrote about back in November 2006 ( http://leabanksquare.blogspot.com/2006/11/olympics-there-is-not-one-of-us-here-in.html) - well...... this is the first bit of landscaping!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes......

..... but is it ART?!

Geoff said...

Speaking of REAP improvements......

Can you find out when the rockery outside Leabank Square (on the other side of Berkshire Road) is going to be completed?

I've seen some of the finnished ones up Well Street and they look great.

But we've been staring at that sand-pit for a couple of months now - I'm bored!

Geoff

Neil said...

Hackney Wick, now twinned with Flintstone! Let's chuck another dino on the barbi. I'll be Fred, who wants to be Wilma/ Barney/ Betty anyone?

Ok, don't call me Fred, call me a cynic, someone always REAPs the benefits of public funding, in this instance I don't believe it's the locals of Hackney Wick who are the main beneficiaries… but we should have been.

Paul said...

Those REAP projects were supposed to be completed by Autumn 2007.

And let's get that boulder painted

Anonymous said...

i BELIEVE SOME LOCAL ARTISTS MAY HAVE ADDED TO THE WORK LAST NIGHT AS THE GRAFFITI SCRUBBERS WERE OUT THIS MORNING. i THOUGHT THE COMMUNITY COULD DO "Anything they liked with it"!!!
I had been considering the possibility of the whole thing sinking into the marsh below,this led to considering the footprint left by this particular lump of rock, and on to the carbon footprint,likely considerably more than Stonehenge.

"This money will be spent on local projects created by local residents. REAP represents a real and tangible benefit from the 2012 Games for the residents closest to the Olympic Park" says Mayor Pipe.
Is John Frankland Local? I don't know myself. Were local residents asked, again I don't know
Cheers Rog

Anonymous said...

It's great! A definite focal point for activity. On Saturday(29th Sep) there was a Kapawera group, rapping mc's with decks and a soundsystem, climbers, kids watching. Strangers all mixing, interacting, experiencing something new and taking something away from the day. How often does that happen? Is it art? If art brings enjoyment and commonality then that's what it is. A.N. Other