Freesheets Shack Up In Hackney

By Lindsey Last edited 130 months ago
Freesheets Shack Up In Hackney

When you're picking up your freesheet on the way home tonight don't just leave it on the train for some other, poor, reading material starved sucker. Turn it into public art! No, we don't mean have an art attack on the platform and start making saucy hats or paper planes (although both are better uses for these "newspapers" than reading them). We mean, go to Gillett Square in Dalston and help build the Newspaper House.

Creative City are behind the house with artist, Sumer Erek, overseeing its construction. This is interactive public art with a message, which will hopefully bring a whole raft of people to what is currently a rather odd and soulless modern square just by Dalston Kingsland Overground Station. Londoners are being urged to go along and help build the house with rolled up, discarded newspapers, inserting private messages or your own news into the walls.

Project Freesheet, which campaigns against free papers on our streets, has helped supply the Newspaper House with the fruits of its last London walkabout and one of the aims of the project is to get people to think about the city as home, and rethink how we treat it.

The building starts today and the official unveiling is on Saturday 8th March, staying in-situ till Sunday. We're still waiting to hear what happens to the Newspaper House after that.

Find Gillett Square here. Read more about the Newspaper House here.

Last Updated 03 March 2008