Chandeliers created from plastics bottles by local children which featured at Lumiere’s world class light show in central London are now on display in Croydon’s Clocktower until February 8.
The Thornton Heath community were given the challenge to finish the 50 chandeliers within a week and did it with a day to spare.
An urgent appeal saw local people donate 1250 plastic bottles and the community rallied to the call getting busy creating festoons by cutting the plastic bottles in to intricate swirls of plastic.
CR7 Culture organised the workshops along with local peformances in Trumble Gardens as part of Saturday’s light festival.
Local artist Karen Barnett led the workshops which saw volunteers at St Paul’s Church, Whitehorse School, Gingerbread Corner after school club and ASKI on Brigstock Road create the chandliers which involved cutting out 25 bottles just to make one chandelier. The Thornton Heath chandeliers were transported to central London and have now been returned to Croydon.
Croydon was one of a number of boroughs picked to be part of the festoon project but Thornton Heath was the only outer London borough to host light installations from Leicester Square as part of Lumiere in Trumble Gardens on January 27 .
The festoon workshops were sponsored by Westfield/Hammerson.