Druid Street Wildflower Meadow
The only thing missing from this scene is a dairy cow munching its way through the meadow, however, that would be a terrible end to the Wildflower Meadow on Druid Street. Open habitats such as wildflower meadows in urban settings provides native grasses, wildflowers and flowering plants that attract insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals. Flowering species add a changing palate of colour to the urban environment throughout the seasons and can bring a little piece of countryside into the city. In 2006 this land was converted from public highway into a pedestrian route, dividing Druid Street in two and providing this new green space. The wildflower planting was introduced by Team London Bridge in partnership with CJS Plants and Southwark Council in 2015.
James Alec Hardy
The essence of James Alec Hardy’s work is a continually feeding-back process focused on the impact of technologies on our experience of contemporary life. Since 2002, he has focused on analogue video systems, manifesting ideas through performance, audio, sculpture, installation and print; culminating in multi-screen totemic video monoliths, shamanic residencies in fields, site-specific installations at international Biennales, to 3 day-long live feedback performances at major cultural institutions.
Using obsolete devices from a former analogue age he exhausts the potential of devices replaced by modern counterparts. Being a critic of Transhumanism and attempting to point out the risks and flaws of a “brighter” more digitally-networked future, he paradoxically gathers the remnants of screen-based media and production equipment to subvert a direction towards a more meaningful and spiritually awakened state.