Today sees the arrival of two very special guests moving into East Village, London’s newest neighbourhood at the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. The two new giant dwellers, who are each 20 feet tall and collectively know as ‘Neighbours’ are green topiary sculptures living in Victory Park in the heart of the new East Village neighbourhood.
LONDON: 27 JANUARY 2014
The colossal figures created by Shipshape Arts were originally part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood last year and have now been loaned to East Village. The two 20 foot-high ‘Neighbours’ sculptures have been made using a timber and metal wire framing covered by a plastic topiary material, and depict a scene of two neighbours in conversation over a fence, representing the importance of community and neighbourhood.
The vast ‘Neighbours’ figures installed today will be reunited with fellow topiary giants ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Old Woman’ known as ‘Sweepers’, which were also relocated from Southbank Centre in December for new East Village residents, existing local communities, and visitors to Westfield and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to come and enjoy. The existing ‘Sweepers’ figures and the new ‘Neighbours’ sculptures are part of a range of arts and cultural activity planned to help bring East Village to life over the coming months.
Nearly 300 new residents are now settled into East Village, with further new homes now available to suit everyone - from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses with a choice of private rental with Get Living London, and both affordable rental or purchase with Triathlon Homes. Derek Gorman, Chief Executive of Get Living London commented: “With hundreds of residents now living at East Village and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reopening this Spring, a new quarter of East London is starting to come to life and our latest sculptures will be a great addition to the neighbourhood. These huge sculptures demonstrate the sense of community we are looking to encourage not just in East Village but across East London as a whole. I’d encourage everyone to come and meet our impressive new residents and see how London’s newest neighbourhood is taking shape.”
Dale Meredith, Executive Director for Triathlon Homes said: “We look forward to welcoming these two ‘Neighbours’ to join the ‘Sweepers’. This nod towards community-based spirit and neighbourhood is a perfect fit and we are sure that residents and visitors alike will make them welcome”
Mike De Butts, Director of Shipshape Arts Ltd said: "We're delighted that all four of our giant topiary figures have found a second home as prestigious as their first. We hope both the ‘Neighbours’ and the ‘Sweepers’ will be enjoyed by the Neighbourhood as it grows around them, and that in Spring they will journey on to bloom in pastures new."