An Urban Mapping Art Project

25 June 2016 · 1 comment

in Art & Music Outdoors, Community Involvement, Urban, Whole School

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This past week, if you have been in the Cruickshank Botanic Garden in Aberdeen, one of the trees – the cut leaf Norway maple – has been decorated as part of a temporary art project.

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During the past six months, local individuals who access Sense Scotland‘s services have been exploring outdoor and indoor spaces around Aberdeen for inspiration. It was part of a wider aim of supporting the participants physical and mental well-being.

Cruickshank Botanic Garden Art 5

Artist-led walking groups have visited various locations and explored the different places including the botanic garden, Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre, Seaton Park, the Maritime Museum and St Machar’s Cathedral.

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The experiences were captured by the artist, Joanna Chillingworth and the participants back at the studio through creating a series of beach balls. Each beach ball reflects an image or memory. If you look closely, all the images on the balls are different.

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I rather liked the transferability of this concept to schools. Generally, journey sticks, or digital story books or other approaches are used to help children remember and reflect upon visits to different places. But not beach balls. It’s a different way of mapping experiences and helps challenge traditional methods.

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Hanging the beach balls outside, helps share the project more widely. It makes a lovely discussion point. The display is temporary but adds a difference reason for visiting a botanic garden. Who knows what you will find in your local one this weekend… 🙂

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Andrea June 27, 2016 at 05:47

I have nothing but great things to say about the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens. There is always something new and interesting to see. My kids absolutely love it there. Lilah actually said she wanted to have her next birthday party underneath this tree with the hanging beach balls. They won’t be there come December, but we did sit underneath the tree and enjoy our morning snack which was great fun.


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