Artists Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster met in a tree on a protest site in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. They are now married, living and working in London. How romantic is that! To pay some of that good karma back they are now in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign for a new art project for Regent’s Park – The Invisible City. This project follows the success of the critically acclaimed TreeHouse Gallery (2009) and will consist of giant treehouse pavilions as radical new platforms for public use. It will be a public space welcoming all types of performance, from circus acts, to immersive ballet and interactive storytellers.
The best bit is that by backing it even with as little as £1 you become a citizen of The Invisible City and a sharer of this amazing space. Obviously the more you donate, the more access you’ll get. The goal is £500,000 but the more £££ raised, the more pods. Tree houses aren’t just for kids; we adults need to peace out as well. And Regent’s Park is the perfect surround for this, with its mixture of manicured English rose gardens and semi-wild playing fields.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are patrons of the project and some of London’s most exciting artists are involved including Björk and Martyn Ware.
As Tim Burton puts it: “This is such a fresh way to combine art and nature.”
The artists, with the support of The Royal Parks, are using crowdfunding to create this innovative public platform for art within nature. They are using the campaign to invite members of the public and artistic groups to suggest happenings, performances, workshops, talks and debates on social media. In this way donors can become founders, co-creating the experience of the project and helping to generate a “social organism as a work of art”, after Joseph Beuys.
The project will create a new way for culture, nature and community to meet in an ecologically sound way. If their target is met the project will be open to the public for three months this summer, after which its nomadic pavilions will move to other locations.
The campaign, which is running on Kickstarter, will end on the 28th March 2014. Please take part – this is such a cheap way of making a difference and influencing the cityscape. London’s parks are truly magical – make them even more so by supporting this very deserving project!
Words by Anna Bang
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