Good news. Fairland Park re-development starts this February. The works will run for 10 weeks. The charity Groundwork will continue to manage these works and have commissioned a company (with the council) to install the play equipment, park furniture and some landscaping.
An art feature has also been commissioned. The artists are running two workshops to which people within the local community can get involved with the design.
The artists aim ‘To produce a circular paving feature for the park based on the design of a compass rose that will depict the history and current diverse makeup of the area and will also point to places of importance to local residents. The piece will be situated centrally in the new park and is to be made up of stone slabs in Portland Limestone (cream) and Sandstone (golden brown). Some of the stone will be inlaid with mosaic – vitreous glass or pottery shards and others will be carved in low-level relief. A golden line of mosaic will flow across the design.’
Here are the workshop details;
Design workshop – Saturday 23rd January 10am-1pm at North Harringay School
1. Tell us the word/script for HOME in your language.
2. Bring ideas and images of the history of the area
E.g Old Harringay House, strawberry fields, hay, hunting scenes, building, trains, green fields and trees, WW2 bombs, people moving in from different parts of the world, photos of the motifs on your house………
3. Thoughts and images of the present area – what activities and places are important to you?
What bits of the new park will be important. Play areas, nature, dog walking, picnic seating?
4. Ceramic shards – Please bring broken/cracked pottery or tiles, which could have been dug up from your garden or just collected – as much as possible in any colour or pattern. These can be incorporated as mosaic pieces into the final design.
Make workshop –Saturday 13th March 10am-1pm at North Harringay School
1. Help make the piece by having a go at carving the stone and laying the mosaic tiles.
Please also bring more ceramics to use!
See this post for the design layout for the park re-development. Note, some details have changed with the play equipment and it’s location but the layout is generally the same.