The Brief

The Poplars was a project with Shettleston Housing Association. The brief was to work with local young people to design a piece of art to be placed on a gable end. The wall was constantly vandalised and was costing the HA a lot of money to repaint every Monday. The project, which took place over the summer of 2003, involved art workshops with young people aged 8-18. As with all the projects we do the ideas of the young people are developed through a series of workshops, which allow us to get not only the young people’s ideas and designs but their feelings on the area that they live in. As you can see the two branches of the poplars reach out towards each other signifying the handshake of peace, which was much needed in this area where fights often took place between rival gangs.



Challenges

Having come on board after another group were unsuccessful we faced a number of challenges. The main problem being that the young people had been led to believe that they would have a graffiti wall, which was never an option and we were faced with designing a piece that would satisfy the HA, local residents and the young people. This was overcome by various means we worked with local youth workers who had knowledge of the area and did street-work ourselves to talk to the young people who were the vandalising the wall.
Once the tree idea had been\

The Brief

The Poplars was a project with Shettleston Housing Association. The brief was to work with local young people to design a piece of art to be placed on a gable end. The wall was constantly vandalised and was costing the HA a lot of money to repaint every Monday. The project, which took place over the summer of 2003, involved art workshops with young people aged 8-18. As with all the projects we do the ideas of the young people are developed through a series of workshops, which allow us to get not only the young people’s ideas and designs but their feelings on the area that they live in. As you can see the two branches of the poplars reach out towards each other signifying the handshake of peace, which was much needed in this area where fights often took place between rival gangs.

Challenges
Having come on board after another group were unsuccessful we faced a number of challenges. The main problem being that the young people had been led to believe that they would have a graffiti wall, which was never an option and we were faced with designing a piece that would satisfy the HA, local residents and the young people. This was overcome by various means we worked with local youth workers who had knowledge of the area and did street-work ourselves to talk to the young people who were the vandalising the wall.
Once the tree idea had been decided upon our artist chose the poplar tree as it is prevalent in the area and has large leaves which allowed us to place the “menshies” of young people on the them.



End Benefit

The final product, which looks beautiful and is very sturdy makes the corner a really interesting spot. The young people’s names on the leaves are not obvious from a distance but they know they are there. So now instead of a wall with a lot of graffiti we have an eye catching artwork which satisfies the needs of the Local community, the housing association and the young people can feel proud of their achievement.

decided upon our artist chose the poplar tree as it is prevalent in the area and has large leaves which allowed us to place the “menshies” of young people on the them.

End Benefit
The final product, which looks beautiful and is very sturdy makes the corner a really interesting spot. The young people’s names on the leaves are not obvious from a distance but they know they are there. So now instead of a wall with a lot of graffiti we have an eye catching artwork which satisfies the needs of the Local community, the housing association and the young people can feel proud of their achievement.