Striking community art celebrating the transformation of Erith Park was revealed at the entrance of the construction site on Larner Road on Thursday 8 May. Local residents who created the artwork were on hand to celebrate the official unveiling.
Local photographic artist, Trent Stickland, collaborated with residents to create an image of the neighbourhood, past and present. Residents created images using templates to make black and white stills to produce photograms. They were then put together to form a collage that was enlarged to create the hoarding panels around the construction site. Look carefully and you can see the old Larner Road blocks, demolition machinery and the construction of the new apartments and houses!
Trent Strickland says; “There was great participation from everyone and amazing imagination was shown in producing around 100 photograms over two workshops. Working with such a productive and creative team was a rewarding experience.” Trent grew up in Erith and still lives locally. He has always had an interest in the local community where he currently teaches photography.
Local resident, Rita Hanfrey, says; “Once we had taken our first photos, there was no stopping us. Trent showed us how to layer our images to build the scene. We’re all proud of the result!” Rita is an active member of the Erith Park’s Core Residents’ Group and is planning to move into one of the new homes when they are completed later this year.
Erith Park Regeneration Manager, Caroline Field, says; “It’s great that the regeneration is involving and enthusing so many local people. By creating the hoarding, residents have been able to document the transition of the neighbourhood in a very public way. Not only have they been able to document the past history of the former Larner Road, but they’ve also been able to capture the exciting changes currently taking place at Erith Park. Through the hoarding, everyone can learn more about the local community!”