Walls and Water was a huge success – over three hundred people came and took part, contributing to a collective animation and recording their stories, memories, and responses to the canals and the built environment in Brindleyplace. Lots of people contributed to a couple of collective poems, Still Water, Still Here and Highways past and present.
The city in microcosm: We got a glimpse of the wildly diverse stories that people are walking around the city with – here’s a flavour of what people wrote on ribbons, and tied on to the bridge for others to read:
We’re scout leaders walking a 20-mile circuit. Next Fazeley Canal up to Spaghetti. Eight hours, I reckon ◊ We are from Mexico, Italy, Uruguay, Portugal, India, Brazil ◊ We’ve just been to the Hindu temple ◊ The same wind that freezes me, freezes my daughter Jasmine in Ohio, and warms my daughter Gala in Grand Cayman… ◊ We are going to see the Saxon gold which is 1400 years old! ◊ In memoriam Margaret Winter, adored mother, due to see Anton and Erin for her 81st birthday. Wish you were here, Mom. We love you ◊ I fish in the canal. I’ve caught roach, perch, bream, up to 2-3lbs ◊ Good Fortune by Hong Kong Polytechnic University ◊ Merci á mes enfants de m’accompagner en ces moments difficiles ◊ Just mooching, ambling along ◊ Love Birmingham. Love every human ◊