Room with a Utopian View?

Written by Anton Psak

On March 30, 2014

Leys Avenue PanoramaUsing camera obscura, a drawing aid used for centuries and made famous by the 17th Century Dutch Masters, Miriam will invite visitors to see Letchworth ‘turned on its head’.

Tucked in the eaves of a 1906 Parker and Unwin designed building, the camera obscura will be focused on the shops below as Miriam sketches out the moving images of the ever-changing Garden City, whilst a continuous projection of the original Utopian view will remind visitors of changes over time.

Responding to a familiar scene that has been altered, participants will be reconnected with the Garden City, enabling them to look with refreshed eyes at their town, and question whether Letchworth is still a vision of Utopia.

Participants are invited to capture the fleeting moving images on paper, documenting the changing urban landscape below. They can then take these to the studio below and paint them, creating their very own image of Utopia.

Each interaction with Miriam will be carefully documented and recorded so that the comments of today can be added to the garden city story.

April 12th 10.30 – 2.30pm
Booking Times
10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45, 12: 45; 1:00,1:15, 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15
34 Leys Avenue, Letchworth Garden City



Make sure to bring your ticket with you on paper or on your mobile. If there are three of you coming together please book individual tickets for your slot so that you get to come at the same time.


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