Brixton Learning Collaborative pupils inspire new wildlife mosaic for traffic island's green makeover

Pupils from five Lambeth primary schools have contributed to the creation of a two metre wide circular mosaic that has been installed in the centre of a revamped traffic island garden, on the junction of Milkwood Road and Lowden Road SE24. Artwork produced by the children on the theme of water and wildlife, as well as photos of the mosaic installed on Lowden Road, will be on display at Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ until the 28th December.

The children, from Christ Church Primary, Jessop Primary School, St John`s Angell C.E. Primary School, Loughborough Primary School and Stockwell Primary School used a wide variety of materials and artistic techniques to create artworks based on the wildlife that would have once flourished along the lost River Effra, which now flows beneath Lambeth’s streets. Their work inspired the final mosaic, which the children helped to create with the help and facilitation from Upside Arts, a creative collaboration between local artists Hannah Littlejones and Esther Adesigbin. 

The site of the traffic island has already been transformed into a new green space as part of a local community project with help from London Wildlife Trust’s Lost Effra project and Lambeth Council. Hard paving has been replaced with a wildlife-friendly rain garden planted and cared for by the local community. Such rain gardens are designed to soak up rainwater in a sustainable way, and can help to prevent localised flooding whilst also bringing a welcome touch of nature to urban streets.

The exhibition of the background artwork produced for the In the Flow art project is available to visit in the main greenhouse area at Pop Brixton until the 28th December; admission is free. The project has been made possible from funding from the Mayor of London, Thames Water and Lambeth Council.