Environmental Community Project | Norwood Junk Action | United Kingdom

The Tree of Beer Cans

A public sculpture to celebrate our achievements with Tuesday JunKAction and to highlight the problems at the car park.

Tuesday JunKAction’s sessions were happening in different locations in South Norwood, including occurred at the Belgrave Car Park, just a few steps from Norwood Junction station. Belgrave Car Park is a residential area that suffers immensely from the issue of litter, mostly  of which is beer cans. There is It has a long history of disputes between residents, local councillors and the police about the prevention of drinking alcohol in the street. 

This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of WELOVESE25 and our wonderfully dedicated volunteers.

Long history of disputes between residents

Local councillors and the police about the prevention of drinking alcohol in the street.

The cans are threaded onto wire and loosely wrappede wire up around the tree,  and spread out through the upper and lower branches., emphasising ‘nature asphyxiated by litter, and while the 

Tree of Life represents the continuity of evolution and the connection between all forms of creation; the Tree of Beer Cans represent the disconnection between us and others, raising a question of how we expect to protect nature if we fail to support and understand the issues that affect a vulnerable individual in our community?

The Three of Beer Cans wasn’t aimed at a solution, yet its artistic purpose serves to raise questions and expressions of doubt on our failures as a collective while we desire to create change. How can we expect to protect nature if we fail to support and understand the issues that affect individuals in our community?

Projects & Events

The Tree of Beer Cans

Tuesday JunKAction

Tuesday JunKAction's sessions were happening in different locations in South Norwood, including occurred at the Belgrave Car Park, just a few steps from Norwood Junction station. Belgrave Car Park is a residential area that suffers immensely from the issue of litter, mostly of which is beer cans

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Notting Hill, London

Before the carnival this grand occasion, NJA ran three litter-picking and costume-making workshops in South Norwood, designing a manual instruction distributed around the UK and reaching out to 70 other members of the TRIBO Band who would perform at the cCarnival over the weekend.

TRANS PRIDE

Project Sub

On the day we were equipped with litter-picking tools marching as a testament to our commitment to our Trans community bringing not only attention to trans rights but also addressed the impact litter has on the environment and ultimately on ourselves and our communities.

JunK Action Celebration

Uniting Communities

As part of the Carnival of Invention and Croydon Borough of Culture programme, JunKAction presented its first Celebration dedicated to litter picking and art making during the Carnival of Invention 2023 in South Norwood. Part of our celebration was the, unveiling a four-and-a-half metre replica of the South Norwood Clock Tower

Light Provoking

public installation

The artwork has been created by light designer Issac Matovu, - who is a cherishedlocal volunteer and a longtime member of NJA- is a light-provoking public installation set up as a chandelier above the station underpassage. This installation, made of plastic bottles collected in the neighbourhood, comes alive at night with its mysterious, a shimmering light.

Saturday Junkee

Various locations

Saturday Junkee was a four-month bi-weekly litter-picking and art-making programme designed to engage individuals and groups busy with work during the week, and struggling looking for activities with the local community during weekends.

JunKoronation

Stanley Arts, South Norwood

For King Charles's Conornation, NJA set up JunKoronation, exploring a different way of celebrating the coronation ceremony beyond pageantry. In the run up to the coronation event weWe worked with pupils from Oasis Ryelands Primary School pupils

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