Public Realm Commissions

 As part of a Night Time Strategy for Wandsworth

The Deconstructed Disco explores the relationship art can play in the planning process. The projected aimed to involve a more diverse group of people in the creation of the first Night Time Strategy for Wandsworth (and for London). 

The appointed artist, Hanna Benihoud, led two development workshops at local youth clubs with young people to help design and build the artwork. The finished product was installed by Falcon Road underpass in Clapham Junction for 5 days between 26th and 30th of October 2022, to coincide with the clocks going back.

The artwork was inspired by the night time emotions suggested by the young people and took the form of a deconstructed disco ball. Each ‘shard’ was associated with a different emotion and played different music.

An estimated 30 hours was spent talking to the community about the night time. 

Hanna said:
“I was drawn to this project because it gave me the opportunity to use public art in a new way. I think a lot about engagement and how you even get the attention of people. Creating moments of surprise and intrigue I think is a really powerful tool to get to people who would never usually engage with the planning process.”

Brief & project lead: me 
Artist & workshop lead: Hanna Benihoud Studio
Participating youth clubs: Devas Club & Providence House, Clapham Junction

The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities.