The Solstice Tree (since 2014)
In November 2014, A group of students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's MA Applied Theatre course commissioned to create a project for Light Night festival in Canning Town, London. That was the beginning of The Solstice Tree. It engaged local communities to interact with a performative arts installation piece focusing on sustainability and recycling. We built a large tree out of recycled material which we then encouraged local people to decorate with cardboard stars and paper flowers, individually painted with messages written on them including hopes, ambitions or feelings about the environment and the future of their community. The Solstice Tree also contained a soundscape of conversations w'd had with the local community about their opinions on sustainability and recycling. The project proved to be the most successful and well attended stall in the entire event.
Blooming Ludus is developing this beautiful project into The Solstice Forest, which will include more sensory and digital interaction to expand ways of communication and experience with communities. The Solstice Forest expects to travel across cities and towns.
The Solstice Tree was originally developed and created by (in Alphabetical order):
- Francine Dulong
- Haeweon Yi
- Izzy Rabey
- Jasmine Francois
- Nefeli Tsipouridi
- Sadie Hurley
You can find more about the first Solstice Tree here.