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Fir-day Friday: a tree procession through the streets of Peckham

Posted at 5:30 pm, May 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Felled tree

Photo by Wig Worland

If you’re in south London this Friday, keep your eyes peeled for moving trees. We’re not talking landslides, just a casual 34 metre fir tree winding its way through the streets. Yes, six Freisian horses will be leading the three sections of the Douglas fir from Highshore school in Peckham, to its new site just off Camberwell New Road where it will become a permanent piece of art work. 

The special needs school has been working with artist duo Heather and Ivan Morison over the past year on a project called Shadow Curriculum, which involved a trip to Sussex to see the tree being felled. It then made its way to the school’s playground where it became the focal point for many lessons and games, as well as an ever-evolving sculpture for the kids to draw inspiration from.

The fir has been carved and tarred ready for its journey, and the public are invited to follow the procession along the route which the 343 bus has been diverted (no tree-related traffic catastrophes here!). Celebrations kick off at the school at 11am, and the tree will depart for its new home at 12pm. Stephanie Hartman 

Friday May 2 from 11am. For more information head to southlondongallery.org/tree-procession

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