Timeline Troubles

If there was a Chiswick New Year’s Honours list (and I were Queen!) I would award an OBM to Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz. That’s not a typo, it’s my own very special award – an Order of the Bloody Minded, for perseverance in the face of an almost impossible task.

The installation of the Chiswick Timeline mural which they have designed, researched, funded and project managed began last night on the walls of the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace and here they are, despite recently broken bones (Sarah cycling, Karen skiing), bloodied but unbowed.

It’s very exciting that the project has nearly reached fruition, but there are still problems which the graphics manufacturers Links Signs are struggling to overcome. Karen says “The maps are screen printed and are truly magnificent … but the artworks, which are supposed to be dropped in at the last minute, via a special ‘state of the art’  Chinese technology, which we tested extensively back in September and October (when they looked glorious), are disappointing. Links factory guys are distraught, we are pretty unhappy.”

Before Christmas they were coming out with a crackly glazed effect, which they’ve now sorted out, but the colours are still all over place, which means they are now not expecting to have the finished artworks on the maps in time for the launch on Sunday 28th January. Instead there will be vinyl placeholders, so they’ll still look good but on close inspection you will find they are impermament.

Launch party for the Chiswick Timeline

12.30-3.00pm, Sunday 28 January.
Turnham Green Terrace will be closed to vehicle traffic from 11.30 – 3.00pm.

The launch party promises freebies, food and drink, live music and interesting things for families to do, such as taking part in the creation of two new artworks in ceramic and textile: ‘Chiswick in Ceramic: Put your House on the Map’ and ‘Chiswick without Borders: Where do we come from?’

Turnham Green Terrace will be closed to through traffic and buses diverted for the duration of the event.

Photographs – Jon Perry

Read more about Karen Liebreich and about Abundance London

See our profile of Karen Liebreich here

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