The Food Float was conceived with Global Generation and young people from Somerstown as a tool to foster long lasting relationships between people and place. The left side of the float is equipped with a kitchen featuring a gas stove, lighting, storage and running water. The right side of the float is equipped with hand tools for gardening. And the rear has a micro gallery displaying projects and artefacts made during community workshops.
The electric powered float is being deployed in the knowledge quarter, across Somers Town, West Euston and King’s Cross. It unfolds on arrival, embraces their location and call for attention with it’s brightly coloured canopees and electric lights, acting as a catalyst to transform the surrounding urban realm. Global Generation run community programmes out of the float including Lunch and Learning, Twilight Gardening & Making programmes. Working in schools and housing estates and with community groups, the float can service allotments, gardens and neighbourhood parks and plant tree saplings pre-grown in a local community plant nursery.
At the end of the day the tools go back in to the float, the canopy is folded up and the float moves on to its next destination leaving behind the legacy of a communal meal, a joint building effort or the seeds for a new season. The activities inaugurated around the float eventually take root. Adopted by neighbours, citizens, residents, workers, constituents and playgroups they attain a permanent presence becoming centrepieces of truly public spaces.
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