The Choose Love Garden is inspired by refugee migration routes across Europe and the concept of desire lines - paths we create where no formal routes exist. The design reflects the relationship between movement and permanence - travel and home.
Uncertainty and flux in refugee journeys is conveyed with a kinetic sculpture, a dry stream bed path representing waterway migrations and a weathered tree that has taken the shape of the wind.
Boulder seating provides rest and stillness yet the rock’s permanence also evokes migrants’ experience of long years in transit camps.
When people are forced to flee their homes they often take seeds. In this garden we see linear drifts of plants, representative of those growing along established migration routes, and discover what people grow when they don’t know when or if they’ll go home - when the act of planting becomes an act of hope.
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Choose Love has pioneered a new movement in humanitarian aid: fast, flexible, transparent and accountable. Its lean, passionate team drives a fast-paced global movement across 26 countries.
Choose Love does whatever it takes to provide refugees and displaced people with everything from lifesaving search and rescue boats to food and legal advice. It has raised millions to support refugees and created a movement of people putting love into action around the world.
The Choose Love Garden has been relocated to Good Food Matters, a remarkable community kitchen and garden in Croydon and one of Choose Love’s partners in the UK. Their mission is to enable everyone to cook and grow nutritious, balanced meals - making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the whole community. The Choose Love Garden will provide a place for reflection and connection for all those who come to Good Food Matters to share meals, build confidence and develop new skills.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.