Veg scores on former pitch of Swansea Town Football Club
By: Steve Ott
A new project is already a hit with local growers of fruit and veg.
ADAIN AVION is the brainchild of Welsh Artist Marc Rees who is taking the converted fuselage of an enormous old DC 10 aeroplane as a travelling arts and performance space around Wales taking as he says “a cultural cross section of what it means to be Welsh today”. He has paired international and home grown artists to make art works with local community groups reflecting the individual culture of each area.
It is very much the Swansea leg of the journey that will interest grow your own enthusiasts. Marc & artist Owen Griffiths have taken the historic old Swansea Town Football club 'The Vetch' and transformed it into an urban utopia. Working with members of the local community over the last year, they have created fruit and vegetable patches, transforming the pitch, which if still standing would have celebrated its centenary this year, into edible land. Local residents have been given free plots of land to grow produce - even keep chickens and bees!
According to organisers it’s turned into something really special and has brought together different cultures - so for example there lots of people from the Bangladeshi community growing pumpkins & spinach, Thai people growing Thai onions & herbs, Chinese elders growing pak choi and using The Vetch for Tai Chi every morning etc... They are reusing, reshaping and rethinking this historical site and providing the community with an opportunity to transform the way they eat and live.
The project comes to a climax at the end of June to tie in with the arrival of Adain Avion. The crop will be harvested and cooked for a feast aboard and around the aeroplane (29th June).
To find out more visit http://vetchveg.tumblr.com/
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