Banners protesting against Taylor Wimpey’s The Denizen development have been hung from the balconies on Bowater House, a social housing block opposite the site of the proposed luxury apartments. Taylor Wimpey already have planning permission from the City of London council to build The Denizen. Most of the slogans were donated by famous artists and writers, including two Turner Prize winners, but there is also one from moi! Without organisation on the part of those who live in Bowater House this couldn’t have happened, so our appreciation really goes out to everyone in the block who made it possible.
Banners with the slogans: “Read My French: City = Thieves = Liars = Speculators” and “Free exorcism with every Taylor Wimpey ghost home”.
This protest art is getting a good response both locally and internationally, with congratulations pouring in from around the world, and LA artist Gina Higgins having already blogged about it. Closer to home, positive comments immediately appeared on the ‘Bernard Morgan House’ thread of the Barbican Talk forum (photos have been removed here, as have replications of the website link):
Bowater Protest on Fann Street
“Liking the cut of Bowater House’s jib today :D”. BrilloPadTerrier, 04 Oct 2017, 15:05.
“To find out more about this display go to: https://spectresofmodernism.wordpress.com/” Alegra, 04 Oct 2017, 18:11.
“21 artists – brilliant banners – this protest rocks – Bowater House now… Makes the CoL silly baubles on Silk St look as vapid as they truly are.” GoldenLane, 04 Oct 2017, 20:25.
“Love it … :D”. Johnbarbican, 04 Oct 2017, 21:12.
“This is excellent! Shame ‘Banksy’ isn’t involved with this worthwhile cause, rather than advertising for the Barbican Centre……” derbyram, 05 Oct 2017, 10:14.
Coverage has also appeared in places such as Building Design and 3AM Magazine, and more is expected soon. You can read more about Spectres of Modernism: Artists Against Overdevelopment on the dedicated website linked to in the Barbican Talk comments above. The banners can be viewed 24/7 until 10 December 2017. Bowater House, Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y 0RJ. View from Fann Street junction with Golden Lane. The only way to stop Taylor Wimpey building The Denizen now is through a Judicial Review, and that costs thousands. You can donate to the Crowdjustice campaign for that here.
This was my slogan for Spectres of Modernism.