Thursday, 28 April 2011

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden




We have had really beautiful weather in London for nearly two weeks now. Spring here truly is glorious. More glorious than food. Trees line the streets bulging with pink, white and purple blossoms and all the parks come alive again.

I was lucky enough to visit the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden last Thursday and talk to some of the people behind the 2 year old Dalston oasis which sits next to the Hackney Peace Mural on Dalston Lane.

SASAWORKS is Craig Bamford and he bridges the gap between architecture and art. Craig and his assistant were brought into the Garden to design and direct the building of a clay oven. A project created by Thomas Lindner from TheKindest Group for Off-Centre's Right Track funded by NHS-Primary Care Trust City Hackney, developed in partnership with Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, built by young people from Hackney in Collaboration with SasaWorks.

The day I visited they were lighting the oven for the first time - so during this hour-long programme you hear sounscapes from the garden plus interviews with Craig, Brian (the Garden's manager) some volunteers, Gaelle (who works for Off Centre) and some of children.

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