Sculptor, Anita Rivera deconstructed poetic text written by Year 2 pupils from St. Paulís & All Hallows Primary School in order to make a 7 metre stainless steel sculpture, sited near Stonebridge Lock, Tottenham Marshes. The Sculpture, in the form of a spiral scroll, represents a physical and spiritual journey. It has been set into the ground and is integral to the siting of three new oak benches making an interactive yet contemplative space.
The artist, Lee Valley Park Rangers and poet Katherine Gallagher, accompanied the children on a site visit, providing information & inspiration to the group. This was followed by poetry workshops led by Anita and Katherine at the school.
Anita then wrote their words on stainless steel, instead of paper, using an angle grinder as a pen. The new collective poem fragments the text, which appears as remnants of the childrenís experience. As you walk around the sculpture the words, and consequently the meaning, will change with the refraction of the sunlight.
The progress of the project has been videoed by Factory 21, a training initiative for local unemployed young people.
The opening celebration at Stonebridge Lock on Thursday 15th 2000 included a performance of poetry by the pupils of At. Paulís and All Hallows Primary School, directed by poet Katherine Gallagher.
name: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
phone: 01992 702200
Tottenham Marshes N17, off Watermead Way
Sun Scroll is located close to the car park on Tottenham Marshes quite near The Water's Edge Pub. Tottenham Hale Tube Stn. can walk along the towpath to the marshes entrance on Forest Road, head north.