I plant pansies where homophobic abuse is experienced, I then entitle the pansy in its location after the abuse received. This blog supplements The Pansy Project main website situated at www.thepansyproject.com with additional images and comment.
Above; a pansy planted at the base of a tree on the South Bank in the bottom left hand corner of image, as shown below.
I have just returned from London where I hosted a session at Transition Gallery; I gave out pansies and was able to chat to visitors about the project, so a huge thank you to all those that visited, I will post more images soon. The pansy above was planted by the Hungerford Bridge on the Southbank in memory of David Morley who was beaten to death by youths. According to police reports the attack was not motivated by homophobia, however David Morley survived the Admiral Duncan bombing and his death had a profound effect on the gay community so I was driven to plant a pansy at the location of his untimely death.
An image of me at Transition Gallery where I was handing out pansies and talking to visitors, taken by Richard Reynolds from the Guerrilla Gardening Project, the project encourages people to take control of abandoned hedgerows and municipal land by replacing overgrown weeds with shrubs and flowers, mainly occuring under the cover of darkness. Follow the link for more information on this great project.
Whilst in London I looked for the most culturally significant incidents of homophobia, as a consequence I memorialised hate crimes of a serious nature. One of the most high profile was the Admiral Duncan bombing. David Copeland detonated a bomb at the pub on Old Compton Street in 1999 as part of a series of attacks aimed at particular groups; three people died and seventy were injured. I visited the pub and the nearest source of soil was two small trees planted in pots outside the pub. I decided to get permission to plant a pansy in one of the pots. The manager said I would be unable to as I would not be permitted to take a photo for 'security reasons'. It was suggested that photographs may be used for reconnaissance. This possibly over zealous policy reveals the level of paranoia that can be created by one mans deranged act, and perhaps could also attributed to post 911 world. However I intend to seek permission more formally to plant a pansy at the site. I have respected the policy and photographed the Old Compton Street sign above instead to illustrate this post.