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Cossal Estate Project

Tate Modern Community Garden

Statement by Tam Giles

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FRIARS SCHOOL, SOUTHWARK

A joint project between 330 Studios (Tam Giles, Arthur de Mowbury, Jane Higginbottom
with Musical instruments by Marcus de Mowbray) and Blooming Bells,
special thanks to Madelaine Bell

 


COSSALL ESTATE  PECKHAM  PROJECT

This major project involved several members of 330 Studios,
Arthur de Mowbray, Tam Giles and Jane Higginbottom.
It also involved members of the local community

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MAKING THE MOSAICS

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Tate Modern Community Garden opens June 26th 2007

Nicholas Serota and Edith Slee
Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota and steering group member
 Edith Slee cut the ribbon to open the new garden


Labyrinth - by Edith Slee, Tam Giles, Jane Higginbottom
(benches Arthur de Mowbray)


Shelter and Planter - Arthur de Mowbray


Landscape & Arts members design and help create new
community garden.

 

When Southwark Council agreed to the development and construction of Tate Modern it was on the understanding that a Community Garden would be provided as part of the development. This is finally being realised and LAN member Edith Slee has helped design and create some features. She and LAN members Tam Giles, Jane Higginbottom and Arthur de Mowbray have contributed to the Labyrinth and some garden furniture with help and cooperation from Bost and the local community.

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In these works is an order of geometry and measure but there is another inexpressible order arising from intuition, glimpsed in reverie and contemplation…’   

Translated & paraphrased excerpt from a Taller Torres-Garcia Manifesto
 

Four years studying art studies in USA introduced me to the 'isms' of sixties' art, and my instinct guided me to Op and 'Hard Edge'. When I returned to London and met British Constructivists I recognised the significance of my brief time with Jose Gurvich, Tutor at the Taller Torres Garcia. Almost without realizing it, I had absorbed the visionary idealism of the original Constructive movement. It permeated the Taller including  Gurvich, a Jewish refugee from Lithuania..

Constructivism in the UK and USA is widely misrepresented. Its formal strategies are seen as ‘empty formalism’, but to me these should be seen as no different from the explanations of composers and musicologists explaining, say, the intricacies of a Bach fugue. ‘How it is put together’ is only part of a whole which goes beyond the evident strategies.

 

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