Monday, 8 May 2017

Thames Path Together Community Art Project - Part 1

You all enjoyed the glimpse that I gave you of something very special on Friday that I have put everything else on hold for now to give you the full effect over the next two days - well today and tomorrow.

The pieces that I shared with you had all been created for something called the Thames Path Together Community Art Project which is being held on the Whitchurch on Thames bridge from 29 April to 14 May this year.  Whitchurch Bridge is the toll bridge in Pangbourne, Berkshire if you happen to know the area.

First of all, some background which will add to some of the pieces you will see, this is where the writer Kenneth Grahame got his inspiration for the wonderful book Wind in the Willows.  Grahame lived in Pangbourne and if you know the story you can really see the setting for Ratty and Mole and the other animals in the first few photos which I took standing on the bridge.

If you want to know more about the project you can find out about it here.

Rather than bore you too much about the bridge and the area and so on, I will just let you look at the wonderful artworks!

This post shows all the items that were on the handrail part of the bridge, the side panels of the bridge were covered in various other artworks in the form of banners and pictures and I will share those tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy seeing it all and if you are in the area over the next week I thoroughly recommend going for a look!






















































































Hope you enjoyed it!  Part 2 tomorrow!

Amy

29 comments:

  1. What a fun and fabulous art installation and such a beautiful setting too. I wish I lived nearer but thanks for letting us all see it Amy.

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  2. Ahhhhh! Squirrels coming down trees, toadstools and birdies. a few of my favourite things what a feast for the eyes. Jo x

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  3. That's great fun Amy, it must have looked wonderful.

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  4. Some very original ideas used - I really like the swimmers, the sunbathers, and the woodpecker.
    That stretch along the river Thames at Pangbourne is very attractive.

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  5. How amazing. I wondered what happens to all the works afterwards?

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  6. Yes, thoroughly enjoyed it Amy, and I have never seen anything like that before. The little animals are all very appealing - but then so is everything else! I love the little maypole dancers, and the birds on the lamp post. The river pictures at the top are just gorgeous, and absolutely evocative of Wind in the Willows.

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  7. That's incredible - all the hours of work that has gone into design and produce this. I would love to have visited, I will be over in June! Can't wait to see part 2!
    Wren x

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  8. What fun, I love The Wind in the Willows!

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  9. What a delight to visit and see such creativity, such a wonderful project.

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  10. Very creative and intriguing! I would never dare to put my items/wares on a bridge railing. Must be calm over those waters. It's far more breezy here. I like the adventurous old folks in the kayak, though grandmother is hanging on for dear life. 😉

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  11. What a fun amazing post. The first baby I followed in the NICU as a new grad, had parents that brought The Wind in the Willows....THe baby was so small so tiny, and his mother sat at his premie bed and said, "The Wind in the Willows" Chapter one. THey read to him and he made it. IT took months, but that' s how he started life

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  12. What a fantastic display! Thanks fo sharing!

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  13. What a lovely idea and thanks for sharing. If it rains, do they take it all down? Have a great week & take care.

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  14. Gorgeous scenery from the bridge. The art work is pretty cool too. :)
    xx Beca

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  15. What a beautiful background for all that fantastic stitching! The sun bathers made me chuckle out loud and I thought the kayakers were especially clever on their blue waves. So glad you attended the event and shared it with us, Amy. Thanks! xx

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  16. Wow! What a fun display of art! I love all those creative pieces.

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  17. So, so beautiful.. this is a height if creativity... absolutely stunning..

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  18. A beautiful display. They are all fabulous. So much creativity and hard work. X

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  19. These are so brilliant. Aren't people clever? I loved all the wildlife ones especially. X

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  20. This is such a fantastic idea - I love the birds on the lamp posts and the people canoeing and sunbathing and, well, all of it! Brilliant.

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  21. Love it all! The work of some seriously talented people. Thanks for sharing. x

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  22. Love it! A friend who lives in Reading put some photos of the project on her Facebook page and so I wish we were there to see all the displays for ourselves. Your blog posts are the next best thing. Thank you, Amy, for sharing.

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  23. OH! MY! GOODNESS!! This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen! KUDOS to all of you!! LOVE it! blessings ~ tanna

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  24. What fun and a great way to make me smile this morning! I'm going to look at Part 2 now.

    Karen

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  25. This is brilliant, saw a video scaning across the bridge with an interview. Hopefully this link can be entered and found. Cathy x https://www.facebook.com/BBCSouthToday/videos/10155114596392936/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

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  26. LOVE Wind in the Willows! And such a beautiful spot and charming town...oh how I would love to visit there! What adorable crochet pieces all along the bridge. How delightful!!!

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  27. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love with this project. How clever of someone to think of it and then for so many people to take part creating such a wonderful piece of art for the community to enjoy. I love all those animals and the canoeists and the mistletoe and the food. All of it is amazing.
    Lisa x

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  28. Now that would all be fun to see in person. Thanks for showing us. What a great project. Love the Wind in the Willows.

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  29. Absolutely stunning! All the work that went into the project. I wish I could go and see it. I especially love the photo of the family of hedgehogs and the toadstools.

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