Press release describing the process and motivation behind the project
Connecting the 4C's
04 December 2015 - SPLASH Arts, (South Poplar and Limehouse Action for Secure Housing) is proud to announce the opening of a brand new exhibition in the Poplar DLR Footbridge.
The SPLASH Arts Team led by David Bratby has worked with over 350 adults and children across the local Community in Poplar, Tower Hamlets College, Crossrail and Canary Wharf to develop the new art installation on the glass DLR Bridge at Poplar station.
Artists Karine Gullino, Laura Napier and Anita Ellis facilitated sessions whilst Wylfried Tondelier brought all the pieces together to create the final exhibition which highlights the Docklands strong maritime heritage. The exhibition draws on the East India Company which was the first multinational in the country, establishing a chapel on Poplar High Street 360 years ago. Four maps of historical trade routes are brought to life in the final pieces illustrating the ships, cargoes and the people who made this area what it is today.
SPLASH Trustee Sister Christine Frost comments: "The aim of the project is to connect the four communities of Poplar High Street, Tower Hamlets College, Canary Wharf and Crossrail; the 4Cs. We all live within half mile radius of each other and we are physically connected by a Glass Bridge, this project allows us all to cross that Bridge in order to engage with and support each other. This is part of our drive towards a more inclusive community in line with the ethos of SPLASH, "It takes a community to grow a child."
DLR's Head of Operations, Steve Helfet, said: "The DLR first started operating in 1987 and since then has opened up parts of London that had previously had little or no transport links. Not only has it been an integral part of the regeneration of the Docklands, it's been a lifeline to local communities along the route. We're delighted to support this exhibition which celebrates the local community and hope that as many people as possible take time to visit and look at the artwork.".
The exhibition was officially launched yesterday with representatives from SPLASH and the project sponsors, Canary Wharf Group plc, TfL and East End Community Foundation. Further events at St Matthias community Centre and Tower Hamlets College will take place in the coming week.
The exhibition will be in place going into 2016.