This series of illustrations created by Joe Magee were commissioned by METAL in Southend-on-Sea for an innovative project, The Garden of Remember, exploring dementia due to go live in November 2016.
The Dementia Project, lead by artist Simon Poulter, and developed by local artist Elsa James, is set in METAL’s NetPark, located in Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea.
Visitors of the park are invited to borrow digital tablets and wander specific areas of the park that have been installed with wifi hotspots. As the tablets pick up the localized signals, the illustrations created by Joe and anecdotal stories by writer Alistair Gentry appear and create a narrative based on both the fragmenting memories of those living with dementia and nearby features of the park, such as a particular tree or garden. All of Joe’s images employ imagery gathered from particular locations in Chalkwell Park.
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