Chimera Plantarium – Plant Propaganda

Wescott Way
Corby, NN17

From 18 August to 31 August 2022

We’re pleased to present the next outcome from Chiara Dellerba‘s Chimera Plantarium project, investigating urban spontaneous plants to map, rethink and redesign public places from the perspective of “weeds”.

Following a series of workshops with children at Exeter – A Learning Community Academy, in Corby, a co-produced poster image featuring “plant propaganda” is revealed on a billboard in the town centre.

Drawing on designs generated by pupils, the ambiguous and uplifting image off Wescott Way reflects the abundance of wild plants which have taken root alongside roadsides, fences and between cracks in the pavement, whilst suggestive of the human-plant hybrid species created by pupils.

This billboard image coincides with the release of The Chimera Plantarium Herbarium publication, with a further plant propaganda image appearing near Oakley Road, Corby in October.

Read more about other Chimera Plantarium activity here.

The Chimera Plantarium is generously funded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Leslie Church Memorial Fund. Commissioned as part of Xylophobia, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art’s new two-year programme funded by Arts Council England. Named from the fear of wooden objects or forests, Xylophobia addresses issues of place and belonging which go to the heart of community feelings of exclusion from both the art world and woodland spaces.

Chiara Dellerba's first workshop, rethinking and redesigning public places from the perspective of weeds.