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Enfield parks in Tate Modern

Published Monday, 30 November 2015

Soil from three Enfield Council run parks features in an ambitious living sculpture at the Tate Modern Gallery on the Southbank.

'Empty Lot' by Abraham Cruzvillegas is comprised of two large stepped triangular platforms, created with scaffolding and supporting triangular wooden planters filled with compost and soil collected from Trent, Arnos and Broomfield parks as well as others from across London.

 The planters are lit and regularly watered but nothing has been planted – leaving the exhibition – which is the gallery’s prestigious Turbine Hall installation - dependent on what is already in the soil, or what is dropped into it by visitors - to grow - over the six months it will be in place.

 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We were asked to participate in the creation of this art installation and we thought ‘why not?’ it’s a slightly unusual way to celebrate the excellence of our parks and we’re certainly in good company.

 “We’re very proud of all the work we do to keep Enfield green in order to celebrate our parks and open spaces, and we’re one of the greenest borough’s in London so to receive a some recognition at an iconic art gallery is extremely pleasing. Art lovers should go and see 'Empty Lot' – and even do some planting if they want to – while they’ve got the chance!"

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