Developed through a co-design approach with the local community, the installation responds to the area’s design and history whilst exploring new and exciting ways to green our streets. Following a series of collaborative workshops, the design takes inspiration from the iconic architecture of the Barbican and London Wall.
As well as responding to the need for additional greening in the area, the design is a testbed for elements of a future landscaping proposal for Moor Lane, which will aim to provide more biodiversity and tree-planting.
The installation will stay in place until the permanent scheme for Moor Lane is ready to be implemented, which will be upon completion of the 21 Moorfields development. At this point the planters will be rehomed in other public spaces in the local area creating a long lasting and verdant legacy.
The project is a collaboration between the City of London Corporation, Culture Mile and Wayward. The design process involved local community and resident groups, which were invaluable to the project’s realisation.
In Spring 2021, a new poetry commission will be launched within the installation, to create additional site-specific content and additional enjoyment for passers-by. The poem will be developed by the poet Kit Finnie in collaboration with the Guildhall School and Music & Drama. This will also include the delivery of eight poetry and writing workshops which will be delivered in partnership with multiple community groups and organisation in the local area. These workshops will culminate in the creation of a final poem that will be installed throughout the garden.
We would love you hear your thoughts on this project, as this will inform the design of the future permanent scheme.