Sunday 13th November, it’s half past two and I’m cycling over the suspension bridge and along the riverbank towards Wilford Toll Bridge. It’s normal now to see a regular stream of people along there from every walk of life: walking, running, cycling, with animals and children.
When people come into a space it becomes fertile with possibility. In the last ten years, the space has been normalised again, when for many years people forgot about shared public space, now they seek it out, drink it in because it’s free.
Growing up in Nottingham I associate the embankment with the memorial to the first and second world wars, realised that it was Remembrance Sunday (my father’s birthday also) and so when I saw these:
as I cycled along the riverbank I couldn’t help thinking that they looked like memorials. (they’re Telecoms stations I think). I was thinking about how bureaucratic getting a memorial sculpture is/would be but then thought what about if local companies who have great skills could make what’s already there look more beautiful?
Interestingly, I met a cabinet maker and his mum and we had a conversation about how they could be dresses up to become more interesting. The cabinet maker (Pete), works at Edsons Perhaps Trent University’s design dept could have a live project in the streets to improve the aesthetics of memory along the river?