The Alternative Art Trail
Zone 2 + Zone 4
Short trail: Portobello Rd; Long trail: High St Kensington
Available on Go Jauntly 24/7 (or printed for those who want a break from their mobile phones)
In these challenging times, many of us are looking forward to when life can go back to “normal.” This may not only be unrealistic, but a more probable threat than the pandemic when we consider the cumulative impacts of climate change. The deceleration of the economy has been necessary to stymie the spread of disease, but it has also shown us that we can slow down.
Through a seismic shift in the way we live, we have learned to breathe, to pause and to seek beauty in the little and local world around us. Some of us have reconnected with nature, reimagined what we see before us and reconsidered our footprint on the planet.
The Alternative Art Trail is an interactive walk, ephemeral street art piece and a means of reconnecting with nature through mindfulness. Take a never-before-seen journey through the Kensington and Chelsea and remember to pause and reflect.
This piece helps us consider art and nature, in terms of impact, aesthetic, medium, fragility and value.
Amidst grandiose architecture and the bold artworks installed for KCAW, hides a secret world of nature to explore. Prepare for powerful moments of mindful reflections, contemplate splashes of colour and spot unexpected appearances by collages of moss.
Too often overlooked, these delicate reminders of nature - its ephemerality, resilience and presence are brought into the frame and under the spotlight in this delicately designed (and fully sustainable) Alternative Art Trail. These carefully crafted routes allow us to walk through the ‘same old’ streets whilst journeying through a miniature world.
Let this be the year that we continued to slow down and remembered to look up from our phones once again.
Amy Jackson is a British artist whose work explores issues such as climate change, consumerism, mental health, social inequalities, and critically, how these themes are inextricably linked. Her work often sits outside of the ‘white cube’ and inside the communities it touches.