It was a lovely day, a huge thanks to all those that took the pansies and promised to give them a good home, and thanks to my lovely family volunteers who helped give out 1000 pansies to the interested passers by.
The Guerrilla Gardeners are a network of volunteers who tend to abandoned council roundabouts under the cover of darkness. Headed in the UK by Richard Reynolds (Above) the Guerrilla Gardeners where the ideal candidates to adopt some of the left over pansies after they were used on the Southbank. A huge thanks to Richard and his volunteers who helped install the pansies and relocate them in permanent bedding in London (Below) and in Portsmouth. Photos courtesy of Gavin Kingcome.
I am participating in the 100 ideas series at Southbank Centre; on Sunday March 25th 2-4pm I will be on a panel that will use the 21st BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and The Pansy Project as a catalyst for discussion, we will explore issues surrounding gay cruising and the sexuality of the city, the modern flanuer or dandy in the context of psychogeography and the persistent threat of homophobic violence and what this reveals about the condition of contemporary masculinity. For more information and to book a free space click here.
The event described above took place yesterday, (image below, from left to right, Raymond Rogers (The Metropolitan Police) Paul Harfleet, Jonathan Keane (LLGFF) and Olivier Meyrou (Director of Beyond Hatred). Thanks to all those that came and contributed to what at times was a moving exploration of the issues that The Pansy Project and the film Beyond Hatred explores. It was great that the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival working together with Southbank Centre were able to facilitate the discussion. More information on the event here.
"Pansies will occupy the newly renovated landscaping outside the Southbank Centre; initially appearing to be commonplace municipal planting the pansies will begin to delineate bins, bollards and bench legs from the Hungerford Bridge to Waterloo Bridge where the London Lesbian & Gay film Festival is housed at the BFI Southbank"
Quote taken from the above statement, more images will follow soon.