Capturing dreams through art

Children from Lotus High School view the Flight of Dreams exhibition at Grassy Park Library.
Children from Lotus High School view the Flight of Dreams exhibition at Grassy Park Library.

The Flight of Dreams art exhibition is up at the local library. The exhibition was launched on Thursday 13 September and features work created by learners in various art and environmental education projects presented by the Princess Vlei Forum.

It was a precursor to the Flight of Dreams Parade which took place on Saturday. Outside the library, children from Lotus High performed a play which briefly details the historical bird and plant life, while spreading the message of conservation, of the area.

“Grassy Park is really the heart of it, although we do reach out to Lotus River, Retreat and Lavender Hill. We have kids coming from the John Graham side in Plumstead. We do cast the net widely, but this was the community who fought for Princess Vlei. We wanted a library which was in the heart of the community and very accessible. We might have another exhibition at another library at a later stage, but for the moment this seems like the right place for it,” says the forum’s secretary, Bridget Pitt.

Meanwhile, the art was also inspired by the birds and other life at Princess Vlei. The works were produced by the Ibhabhathane Project, run by the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Pitt adds that the Princess Vlei Forum is a rich resource for future generations.

Pitt says the vlei is a space where children can run freely and play but also an amazing learning space.

She notes that the forum has mediated in different ways for the children to be there.

She says the children sometimes also help with planting or picking up litter while also having the chance to observe the array of wildlife that lives there. “They use their powers of observation and creativity... We find the combination of heart and environmental engagement is very powerful.”

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