‘What do you hope for the future said the Reindeer?’ (2019)
‘What do you hope for the future said the Reindeer?’ was created with children from Park Grove Academy Class 7 and 9 who painted and assembled parts of the reindeer, printing a word on each in response to the question ‘what do you hope for the future?’.
The children gave responses that are both thoughtful and hopeful. They then read and audio recorded these words, which can be heard in random order at the press of the red button.
The ‘Reindeer’, ‘Magpie’ and ‘Ox’ were previous pubs in The Groves area which were mentioned by interviewees in a recent ‘consultation and oral history’ report commissioned by the City of York council as part of the current Groves regeneration project.
The plan is to create further pieces of a Magpie and an Ox with others in the Groves, and from this work up an Aesops fable style story based on these characters, imagining positively as we do so what sort of community future we want.