Hoardings tend to be boring. People walk past wanting to know what’s happening and can never see. Drivers glance at them once and then ignore them. So at the development on Shepherdess Walk, artist and designer Mike Abrahams created this unique hoarding. Perforated, so passers-by can have a quick nosy and messages, spelt out using plastic scaffolding caps, changing over the year while the Solidspace homes with their unique Eat/Live/Work DNA inside are constructed.
Mike collaborated with 12 writers from ‘Dark Angels’, with each one penning one line at a time before handing the poem on to the next. Each writer was allowed to use up to 34 characters and had to base each line on the theme of ‘home’ while starting their line with the same word that finished the previous contribution.
Each month the hoarding has been photographed and the final poem of 12 lines will be made into an artist’s book and given to the owners of each of the eight new homes on the site.
Solidspace are an amazing developer, with a manifesto (also designed by Mike) which states their vision is to make development as art. Appropriately, the manifesto is in the Tate's collection of artist books.