Three members of our community got together with an idea seven years ago. It was mad, it was impossible. It’s currently being built in a workshop in Essex!
It’s a way of greening a wall using deep and drought resistant planting to maximise sustainability whilst minimising maintenance.
The wall is an unloved empty corner that hits you in the face as you walk or drive from west to east along Wharfdale Road – on the northern section of the King’s Cross traffic gyratory system – a glorified massive roundabout for the A501 ring road. It will sit in front of Places for People’s Battlebridge Court block and adjacent to Complete Offices’ Lighterman House, both of whom are project partners.
It’s a stand-alone ten meter high sculpture designed by locally based Royal College of Art graduate Neil Ayling. It will be his first major publicly sited piece.
Sophie Talbot and John Ashwell (two of the original three – Mike Jackson was away in Lancashire at the time :() visited the workshop on Friday and took hundreds of photos of the sculpture. They’ve put the best up in a slideshow together with shows about how the design was born, the planting scheme and the functions of the sculpture (irrigation, trellis, maintenance and wildlife habitat). They were accompanied on the visit by sculptor Neil Ayling and pro-bono project manager Ed Miller of E C Harris.
Neil is also designing a mini sculpture in the form of a bollard that will protect the larger piece. The bollard will list all the supporters and funders of the project and there’s still time to get your name etched on it forever by making a donation to King’s Cross Community Projects!