Highgate Lido / Lifegardening

Someday this was a beach.

Sea sounds will still reverberate.

Perhaps they are ancient echoes of a soon-to-be Brighton.

I think perhaps a lifeguard chair ought to be in view.

Perhaps people will bring their buckets and plant waves of nasturtiums crashing up the shingle.

A floral wave machine.

And the inevitable ice cream truck.

People came here for leisure, and pleasure.

Some still do.

Not many, and the pleasures are a bit more opaque.

It’s a bit scary how leisure, escape, and displacement can get all mixed up.

Where flight and refuge are indistinguishable.

All the more reason for that lifeguard’s chair.

Because the shore is where things collect.

Brought together by waves, and gravity.

In jumbles, and job lots.

For beachcombers to contemplate, and sometimes to say hello and goodbye in the same moment.

All that arriving and departing can be exhausting.

So perhaps we should be making these places more welcoming, more salubrious.

Perhaps by creating some tidepools, or something a bit more organised, more garden-like.

A place to gather and marvel before the next wave sweeps in.

Brownfield/Starfield

I’d like to set a collection of stakes with reflective cards tied to them, to flutter in the wind.

The Challenge:

While it would be easy to do in the park, in a grassy area, that would probably elicit complaints.
So I’d do it on a brownfield site. But there, the challenge is to get anything into the ground.
So stakes have to be freestanding – yet resist the wind.

Possible Solutions:

  • Weighted stakes
  • Cement, Water, earth: all heavy, bulky to transport
    • Water would need a container – bottles found on site, perhaps.
    • Tripods: requires 3x the number of stakes, bulky to transport
    • Cement: heavy, requires transport, possibly water
  • Epoxy: relatively compact, lightweight, can be applied with a caulking gun
  • Trees: take a long time to grow!

Bamboo canes and epoxy seems like a decent solution.

Next Steps:

devise a pattern, perhaps using perspective;
get something to grow around the stake;
make some signage, verbiage.