Butterflies and Flowers – pop up painting sessions all over Chiswick

Images above: Abundance London’s painted butterflies and flowers

People old and young have been engaged in painting hundreds of butterflies and flowers over the past week, to be used in a community art installation soon, outside, somewhere in Chiswick High Rd.

Where? Organisers Abundance London aren’t saying yet. But look for an expanse of wall that might be going begging where a flight of butterflies might like to settle.

The installation will be the latest in a series of community art works carried out by the environmental not-for-profit. They also organised the making of the Chiswick Timeline mural under the railway bridge on Turnham Green Terrace and the art works on the ‘W4th Plinth’ on the railway embankment wall.

Images above: Pop-up painting session in Chsiwick High Rd; unpainted plywood templates ready to be painted

Over the past week there have been pop-up painting sessions at the Postroom Cafe on Bedford Corner, at Planet Organic and at estate agents Horton and Garton on Chiswick High Rd.

Altogether Abundance have 3,000 butterflies and flowers made of 3mm plywood. The flowers are 15cm in diameter; the butterflies 17cm x 12 cm. So far 2,124 have been allocated, leaving 876 still in need of an artist. Once they are all painted, they will be varnished before they are added to the installation.

Image above: Pop-up painting session in Chsiwick High Rd

Whole community event

A number of schools have taken batches of butterflies and flowers to paint – Strand on the Green, Grove Park, Ravenscourt Park, Chiswick and Bedford Park, St Mary’s and Belmont primary schools, Chiswick School and Latymer.

Chiswick Brownies are getting their sleeves rolled up to paint, as are Age Concern Chiswick and St Mary’s Convent. Also involved is the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, which is running a project for people who have struggled during the Covid lockdown and are nervous about re-engaging with society; and Speak Out in Hounslow, which supports adults with learning difficulties.

Artists At Home, the many artists around Chiswick who will be showing their own work next weekend (17-19 September) in open studios, have agreed to paid some, which will then be sold at auction rather than being added to the installation.

Even the Police are in on the act, with a special painting session organised for local officers. They’ll no doubt be painting Small Coppers (that’s a special joke for lepidopterists. Look it up).

Karen Liebreich, director of Abundance London, told The Chiswick Calendar that people had been delighted to join in. When they held the painting session outside Horton and Garton on Monday, the staff from neigbours Gourmet Burger Kitchen, curious to find out what was going on, came over and painted a few between flipping burgers and waiting tables.

“All sorts of people have joined in” she said. “It’s been lovely”.

The next pop-up painting session will be on Wednesday 22 September at Horton and Garton – 129 Chiswick High Rd, next to GBK, from 6.30 – 8.00 pm.

If you would like your school or other organisation to have a group painting session, contact info@abundancelondon.com.

Image above: Abundance London painted butterflies and flowers

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