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south ACTON - TREE OF LIFE 2017
Carrie Reichardt &
Karen Wydler, ATM, Eoghan Ebrill
The Treatment Rooms Collective
The South Acton Tree of Life represents real stories, individuals, and the history of the community through pattern-ceramic printing using English classics such as William Morris as well as some stunning geometric forms. The softness of the pattern-work contrasts with the linear architectural styles of the new development and reflects nature in all its richness.
"The artist worked with community groups, residents and local historical societies to incorporate the history and experiences of living in the area into the piece. Contributors included Bollo Brook Youth Club, Harleyford Manor sheltered scheme, United Anglo Caribbean Society, West London Somali Society, Berrymede School, Gunnersbury Museum, and local residents, who were represented through the inclusion of photos and portraits, floral designs and patterns, and symbols. Historical photos, provided by the Ealing Gazette, were installed onto the individual mosaic tiles which together form the larger mural."
"A key component of the project was a mentorship scheme, which provided the opportunity for two local artists to be mentored by Carrie Reichardt and an art psychotherapist. The mentees, Amal Butt and Yasin Dosanjhl, both of whom live and work within South Acton, were an integral part of the team, and learnt techniques such as mosaic making, ceramic printing, and key methods for large-scale projects."
My purpose when working on public art projects across the world is to help local communities produce work for themselves that reflects their own social identity, aesthetic and creative vision. I’m thrilled to have met so many interesting individuals during the creation of this piece, which stands as a lasting celebration of South Acton life.