After seeing what we did with The Waiting Room on Hortensia Road in the southern extreme of the borough, the Arts Service of Kensington & Chelsea invited us to take part in their InTRANSIT Festival, over two consecutive years.
A professional practice bursary had been awarded by RBKC Arts for curator Garry Hunter to start his Indiaspora project, after he gained access to the long-empty Embassy of Tanzania in Mayfair and looked into the journeys of ethnic Indians dispersing from this East African state in the 1980s. Added to this research, practical activities came out of a visit to the London Transport depot in Acton, leading to the construction of a 2/3 scaled size cardboard sculpture of a 1960s London Underground carriage, an immersive experience where participants picked it up in a group and moved around imaginary public transport routes within Holland Park. Cardboard Tube was part of the larger Overground Underground project that included six other artists, partnering with CAPA Education on a programme of street art installation and panel discussions with students.
Holland Park, Kings Road, Ladbroke Grove, Portobello Road, London SW3/W10/W11
Garry Hunter for Fitzrovia Noir
Cardboard Tube map graphics
Ellis Leeper at Flyte Design
Chewing Gum Man
Paul DON Smith
Cardboard, chewing gum, paint, photography, stencilled and freehand text
“I’ve just driven a cardboard Tube train around the park, what great fun!”
Nazia Khan, local resident, London W10