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Magical Eco Constructivism at WestRaven

By tov617, Oct 4 2017 12:10PM

The Debris Navigator art installation at Westraven Community Garden, a space established for use by both the Westwood and Ravensthorpe district residents.


The art workshops have been organised with the help of Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Environment and City Trust, and Westraven Big local. Primarily the project has been run by Peterborough Child Services particularly with the proactive help of Samantha Smith, Councillor for Westraven and portfolio holder in the cabinet for child services.


From a Posivitistic - Ecological Art concept put together by artists Jim Tovey, John Elson and Lauren Ke, a build has taken place over the course of around 2 weeks leading up to an event day on the 9th Sept 2017. Children and Adults from Westwood and Ravensthorpe who have wanted to take part have built the installation in collaboration with the artists and also with the help of Sam and her husband Danny who put in the extra hours with the artists to get the job finished on time.


Poet Steve Walker performed on the day with John Elson comparing on stage and the organisers would like to thank all the acts of Westraven's Got Talent who took part and everyone who put on an art workshop and set up a stall. And everyone who turned up, especially our new MP, Fiona Onasanya, who took the time to come and see the kids fantastic achievements!


Gill Vessey led an #omsweetyoga yoga session in the new Solar Sanctuary - Henge.


Chris Pounsett's calculations have proved accurate for the lining up of the North Star post and the sun disc casts a shadow pattern on the henge/Solar Sanctuary's central tree on the Autumn and Spring Equinox; the tree can be seen in the middle of the top shadow triangle at noon (UT) on these days. Thanks also to Chris for writing a brilliant Creation Myth Story for recital on the moonstage. Chris Pounsett, Duncan Vessey and Martin Stalley were responsible for laying out the astronomical alignments.


Folkband Captain Backwash headlined the day event on the new Moon Stage with Duncan Vessey's Castor Ales providing his excellent beer and locally produced ciders served by Smylie Wiseman. Kevin Hand of PECT put on a great BBQ.


Thanks go William Robertson and his team of volunteers at the Westraven Community Garden for making the installation possible and welcoming everyone who took part. I'd also like to thank Jen Orrell of PECT for her help and support in organising the workshops in the Hampton Court Community Cafe and her help with the project leading up to the start date. The young scots pine tree planted at the cetre of the 'Solar Sanctuary' henge sculpture was kindly donated by the Green Backyard and has the potential to become one of Peterborough's iconic trees.


For all wondering how to begin, take a stick and and join it to another stick to sketch a line in the sky...


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