CGP London is delighted to announce the launch of a new permanent public art installation across the gallery’s home, Southwark Park, by the Scottish artist and poet Alec Finlay this spring.

The project is a portrait of Southwark Park and our diverse local communities which celebrates the rich biodiversity and stunning surroundings of our park and indeed the city’s parks as a whole in enriching our daily lives through colour, play and wellbeing.

Finlay was been commissioned to write a new text piece in response to the gallery, our beautiful surroundings and the rich social history of the local area and our neighbours.

Twenty-nine texts have been composed to date, referencing a question-and-answer form associated with Romanian-born German poet Paul Celan (1920-1970).

Twenty of these playful texts have been selected to be emblazoned on a series of colourful nest boxes, to be permanently displayed across Southwark Park and CGP London’s gallery garden.

Some of the poems relate to specific features within the park, such as the memorial tree, Ada Salter’s Rose Garden, the ice cream van, the dolphin sculptures, and the long-lost lido. Others look out from their post beyond the park across to Rotherhithe, providing an imagined birds-eye view.