Here are some of my sketches and photographs documenting the Aylesbury estate which is the largest in London accommodating about 7600 people and is being regenerated. Protests are taking place to save the estate. Residents are being moved off the estate, block by block, re-homed and split up all over the country. it was a good exercise in perspective drawing!! Certainly was a challenge.
I started of with my torn paper drawing trying to capture the urban tattered feel to the place ,using torn paper represented its looming prospect.
I stayed on the lower level but some of the other sketchers went up to the top for birds eye views. I couldn't believe the size of the place. There were children out playing in the playground and on bikes and they were inquisitive and keen to take a look. I focused mainly in one area as there was so many options it was over whelming. I would like to go back and sketch from a higher viewpoint or try to capture the shear scale of the place and also more of the rich and diverse cultural community.
The plan was to meet at Burgess Park life cafe at 3.30 to share sketches. The park itself was a great location and also gave more of an impression of the scale of the estate. Unfortunately I didn't have time to capture this in sketches but here are a few photographs. A choir were practising in the park which I thought would be an interesting shot against the Estate in the background. We were so lucky with the weather and light making it even more dramatic. A great day and place full of culture, character and diversity. Thanks to Fabiola for organising such a great and thought provoking location.