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Mnemonic Park, Crystal Palace - Park of Memory - CANCELLED

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SE19 2GA

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CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control - the event has been cancelled!

Apologies to all concerned.

The installation coincides with the Crystal Palace Overground Festival and is a large scale collaboration in Crystal Palace Park, demarcating the exact footprint of the Crystal Palace with replica columns.

The first installation was in Hyde Park on the site of the 1851 Great Exhibition in 2008. The second incarnation looks at how memory itself is constructed through a series of workshops and collaborations, examining its relationship with identity, community, history and place.

Memory is often dismissed as nostalgia, but is actually living, complex, playful, political and collective. By having workshops to make the lightweight columns out of cardboard, the idea is to first paint them in the original optical colour pallet and then erect them to recreate an open but punctuated space, so that stalls and other activities can take place on the site.

The interventions could either relate back to the original pavilions or to reflect on more recent events like the occupation of the park by local residents and eco-warriors against the multiplex development or they could even look at creating new memories in the park that reject everything the Crystal Palace stood for!

A series of walks will be led by local historians and activists. Visitors are invited to bring their own materials and tools to the workshops to help make the columns. As the scale of the Crystal Palace is immense only a third of its footprint will be erected and as the installation is temporary, it will be returned to parkland.

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