Lancing’s Sensory Garden Project

Alongside development of new work in porcelain I have been involved in a lovely project; Lancing Sensory Garden (location on Google map). I’ve been asked to make the signage lettering for the community garden being constructed centrally in Lancing.

The garden really does have community at its heart; with local companies being involved and giving skills and materials at cost/ free, local neighbours helping and community groups being involved in the build and construction.

The garden is on a tight budget, as you would expect, and has had funding from Adur Pot of Gold, among other sources, and help and donations are really making this project possible. A great example is the collection of coloured glass to be included as the aggregate that will sparkle in the colours of the sea in the recycled cement used to make the benches.

Although a small, and previosly rather sad looking spot, the Designers, Lydia Schilbach and David Pope, are transforming the space to include two large curvaceous benches, expressive planting, mosaic detailing and sculptural metalwork. The project is expressed through a Facebook page and on my first visit I was struck by the number of local people who were expressing how they would like to use the garden. It seems the whole community really is backing this little adventurous venture and I can’t wait to see it finished.

'Before' photo

‘Before’ photo

final rendered drawing (24.1.13)

final rendered drawing (24.1.13)

Here’s a sneaky peek of my contribution, from the studio. The letters are inspired by Lancing’s 30’s heritage which I have then carved and drawn on to bring in a contemporary feel and interest. The letters, spelling WENCELING GARDEN will be mounted on the curved purple wall that looks North along South Street. The letters are drying out slowly to be fired in the next week or so; they will fire white and stand out nicely against the contrasting wall.

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Demolition has just started the transformation of the Garden and my lettering will be one of the last features, to be installed in early March. So watch this space, a reason for stopping along the coast in Lancing if ever there was! Check into the website to see the garden emerging…

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