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Lighten Up at 100% Futures
Earls Court, London 18-21 September 2008  

After months of planning Lighten Up is ready!... Well almost, there is still the little matter of setting up a darkened 16 meter long polytunnel and hanging over 60 individual lights. It looks straightforward on paper...

The Lighten Up exhibition space at Earls Court makes use of a large metal framed polytunnel, the idea being to re-use it again and again. The structure will be clad in the black shade netting you can see to the right.

Jason and I, with the help of a handful of designers with work in the show (thanks again to you all!), began set up on the 14th. The framework was erected relatively quickly. However, as this was the first time the structure was built we had to mark and cut all the pieces of netting that form the skin and internal walls to the space.

Once the pieces were ready we began to hang them, which is when I had a shock, literally! Through handling the netting, with it rubbing against clothes and hair, it built up enough of a static charge to power the whole Design Festival. All that was needed was to touch something metal to release the charge, what better than a 7x17m metal polytunnel frame! Throughout the remaining set up I could be seen to have a nervous twitch each time I secured a fastening.

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Greengaged Begins
Greengaged, London 15 September 2008  

Greengaged burst into sunny action this morning at the Design Council. While Sarah started off proceedings inside, I delivered my Skip Park installation commissioned by [re]design for the Greengaged event. The parking space directly in front of the Design Council entrance was reserved ready to receive a skip, complete with grass, a tree and a rocking bench.

The skip was filled and the turf laid at the skip hire depot yesterday, the tree was delivered this morning by Tendercare and lowered into place with a small crane.

Mark from thomas.mathews brought along the graphics (speech bubbles containing facts on waste) to attach to the skip.

Tim from Elliott Skip Hire had patiently waited while all the preparation was made ready, then we lowered the new, temporary park onto Bow Street.

With the addition of the steps leading into the skip, which now also contained a rocking bench, it was ready to receive visitors. And who better than the Greengaged organisers!

(clockwise from bottom) Sophie Thomas (co-founder, thomas.matthews), David Kester (CEO, Design Council), Sarah Johnson of [re]design and Anne Chick (Director, Sustainable Design Research Centre , Kingston University.

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