Check out the gorgeous transformation of Freeling Street. IPA and Cally Festival has been working with local people, artists and gardeners to make Freeling Street into a vibrant, artistic and green plot.
Children from St Andrews School made beautiful pictures about their Caledonian Road, they celebrated their estates, The Cally bridge, the pet shop and Caledonian Road station. They wrote words to inspire local people. If you look closely at tiles one says ‘let it go’ another says ‘We are all together’.
Next the Tactical Urbanistas came with their friends and helped more children paint their designs onto the path and walls of the walkway.
Islington Council planted two trees.
Meanwhile local people sent in photos, poems and artworks which were sent to artist Carrie Richardt and the Treatment Rooms Collective. They printed the work onto tiles and fired them in a kiln, ready to use on the mosaic.
Bryony Benge Abbot came along and painted beautiful lilies on to the tarmac, in whites, greens and aquamarines. Then Islington Council situated lovely wooden planters and Global Generation brought children to Freeling Street to plant lavender, nasturtiums, mint and other herbs.
Children from Lumpy Hill and Crumbles Castle Adventure Playgrounds spent Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of July using tiles to make a mosaic with Carrie and the Treatment rooms Collective. Tiles were designed by the children from St Andrews, Crumbles Castle and Lumpy Hill children, some artworks were made and sent by other local (adult) people. There are photographs taken by young people at Copenhagen Youth Project, a book cover, poems and much more.
On Sunday the 11th of July the mosaic was installed. People walking up and down the Cally told us how beautiful they thought it was. They complimented Bryony’s lilies and the children’s drawings. Children used numbers that The Urbanistas had painted on walkways to play jumping games.
None of this could have happened without the generous support of the Mayor’s Fund for London, and Islington Council. And none of it could be done without the creative and bold people of Cally, especially the children.