installation 2016–2018

74 TREES


74 Trees was based on a 2014 tree survey commissioned by Lewisham Council as part of their plan to demolish Tidemill Garden as part of redevelopment of Deptford town centre. The survey identified 44 trees by name but many were grouped together as one, while some trees were unidentified.


In 2018, the Council falsely claimed that only 36 trees would be felled, so I counted and labelled the trees to refute the Council's misleading claims. The installation was accompanied by a reworking of the original survey in the form of a folded A4 document issued to visitors. In 2019 the entire garden and its surrounds was flattened and around 124 trees were lost. See Projects: Tidemill

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74 Trees

Installation in Tidemill Garden, September 2018

Printed corex signs mounted on copper rods


DEPTFORD IS FOREVER

Deptford Is Forever was a collaboration between Sue Lawes and David Aylward that created performances and installations over a period of five years to persuade and cajole the local Deptford community into supporting a campaign to reinstall an anchor back into the public realm after it was removed by Lewisham Council in 2013. See Projects: Deptford Is Forever.


Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor
Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor
Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor
Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor
Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor

Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor 

Intervention in Deptford High Street, 2013

Printed paper bag, 245mmx245mm


Free Anchor tattoo
Free Anchor Tattoos
Free Anchor Tattoos
Free anchor tattoo
Free anchor tattoo
Free anchor tattoo
Collage of tattooing process

Free Anchor Tattoos

Intervention at Kids Love Ink, Deptford High Street, 2013

Tattoos applied by Kids Love Ink, approx 25mmx30mm


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Give Us Back Our Bloomin' Anchor Procession

Street performance, Deptford High Street, 2013

Photos: Laura X Carle


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Red Tape
Red Tape
Red Tape
Red Tape
Red Tape
Deptford Is Forever visualisation of re-instated anchor

Red Tape

Intervention & performance, Deptford High Street, 2015

Red and silver gaffer tape, variable sizes


Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatories' comments
Petition signatories' comments
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatories' comments
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatories' comments
Petition signatories' comments
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatory's comment
Petition signatories' comments
Errol with poster

Give us back our bloomin' anchor poster campaign

Deptford High Street, 2016

A4 posters with petitioners' online comments


David Aylward chalking an anchor
Chalk Anchor
Chalked anchors
Chalking the anchor
Chalk Anchor + Ghost Anchor
Chalk Anchor
Book launch for Ben Graville's 'I Luv U Anka'
Chalk Anchor + Ghost Anchor

Chalking the anchor 

Performance in Deptford High Street, 2016

Chalk on tarmac & paving, variable sizes

THE WILLOW PATTERN PROJECT

An exploration of the Willow Pattern plate resulted in several outdoor installations over a period of six years. See Projects: The Willow Pattern Project.


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The Old Blue + White

Installation at Creekside Discovery Centre, 2012

Found ceramic shards, copper rods

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little boat
wooden bridge
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three men passing by
maybe four
a little house
open_door
tree with apples
a crooked fence
to end my song
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Two Birds

Installation at Ha'Penny Hatch, Deptford Creek, 2010

White vinyl text on Ha'Penny Hatch bridge railings


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Creekery #2

Installation at Harold Wharf, Deptford Creek, 2011

Modern Willow Pattern plates in mud

Photography: Charles Shearer


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China Blues

Installation at Deptford Discovery Centre, 2008

Blue & white pottery fragments, chalk and stones


Creekery #1 (Photo: Charles Shearer)
Creekery #1 (Photo: Charles Shearer)
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Creekery #1

Installation at Ha'Penny Hatch, Deptford Creek, 2010

Modern Willow Pattern plates in mud

Photography: Charles Shearer


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Patna Black

Installation at Deptford Discovery Centre, 2008

Silver sprayed shopping trolley, black gloss sprayed plastic footballs, ceramic, Gunpowder loose tea, modern Willow Pattern plates, silver coin dress edging


TAGWORTS


Tagwort : A wildflower growing on, 'tagging' a wall, pavement or other built structure.


Sue Lawes worked with botanist Nick Bertrand from Creekside Discovery Centre to identify the wild flowers growing in the pavements and old walls in Deptford and selectively 'tag' some of these plants with their Latin and English names.


Climate change is increasing the number of new species from around the world that continue to colonise the area. We aimed to challenge, embrace and transform the concept of 'weeds' and the wild in the city. Each wild flower and its common and Latin name stencil tag was photographed and plotted on a Google map. See Projects: Tagworts


Oxford Ragwort
Parietaria Judica
Hart's Tongue
senecio vulgaris
Ivy leaved Toadflax
Taraxacum aggregate
Dandelion
polypogon viridis
Perennial wall rocket
Peritario Judaica
Tree of heaven
Conyza Sumatrensis
Common Ragwort
Diplotoxis
False Acacia
Cymbalaria muralis
Grounsel
Taraxacum
Guernsey Fleabane
Phyllitis

Tagworts

Installation in Deptford SE8

Stencil design & spraying : Sue Lawes

Plant identification & photography : Nick Bertrand

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