In Bristol, the project involved a collaboration between residents of Barton Hill, Redcliffe and The Dings and Danish artist Tue Greenfort. Sited in the heart of the city centre around the floating harbour and feeder canal, the project explored ecological, social and political structures within contemporary society. Tue has been commissioned to create a new public art work taking the form of a roost for a rare colony of Sand martins – a migratory species of birds that has declined dramatically in recent years. The work provides both a new habitat for the birds and seek to engage local people in a participatory programme to explore their neighbourhood – its people and its biodiversity.
Tue Greenfort’s work explores ecological themes through sculpture, installations and public interventions. He has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions across Europe and presented work at the 2007 Sharjah Biennial. In 2008, Tue was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London to create a public work focusing on the city’s ecological and social systems which was presented at Frieze Art Fair as part of the RSA’s Arts & Ecology programme. Tue works in Copenhagen and Berlin, and in July 2011 will present new work at the South London Gallery.
Between July and October 2011, Tue led a programme of walks, talks, workshops and events for residents of established communities and those newly arrived to a housing development in the square mile. The participant group cover a broad demographic of age, cultural and social background, and country of origin and seek to build links between local community groups through creative engagement and dialogue.