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Feral Arcadia was part of the television series produced by Channel Four with the Arts Council to explore the social and cultural relevance of 21st Century public art. muf were commissioned to make a proposal for the publicly nominated site of the Beckton Alp.

Feral Arcadia was part of the television series produced by Channel Four with the Arts Council to explore the social and cultural relevance of 21st Century public art. muf were commissioned to make a proposal for the publicly nominated site of the Beckton Alp.

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Beckton Alp, on the edge of the A13 is a chemical waste spoil heap from the former Beckton Gas works and is the highest man-made hill in the southeast of England. The site is a local landmark and a derelict ruin of the abandoned artificial ski slope that was developed in the 1980s.

Beckton Alp, on the edge of the A13 is a chemical waste spoil heap from the former Beckton Gas works and is the highest man-made hill in the southeast of England. The site is a local landmark and a derelict ruin of the abandoned artificial ski slope that was developed in the 1980s.

muf proposed the Alp itself is the icon and requires not an artwork but the political support and will to renovate the site to fully realize its potential as a unique amenity and historic landscape.

muf proposed the Alp itself is the icon and requires not an artwork but the political support and will to renovate the site to fully realize its potential as a unique amenity and historic landscape.

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The strategy for renovation was established with the Plant Sciences Department at Imperial College and is proposed as an accessible phytoremediation research garden to demonstrate the capacity for the micro-processes of plants to clean the soil of toxins

The strategy for renovation was established with the Plant Sciences Department at Imperial College and is proposed as an accessible phytoremediation research garden to demonstrate the capacity for the micro-processes of plants to clean the soil of toxins

To raise the profile of the site and strategy for remediation, muf took up a three-month research residency based in a portacabin at the base of the alp and instigated dialogues and events with the key Alp stakeholders.

To raise the profile of the site and strategy for remediation, muf took up a three-month research residency based in a portacabin at the base of the alp and instigated dialogues and events with the key Alp stakeholders.

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The dialogue were structured around an exhibition of the Alp Natural and Cultural History Collection, artefacts and evidence of occupation by human and other real and imagined life forms that characterise the alp as a place of adventure and repose and its potential as a social amenity.

The dialogue were structured around an exhibition of the Alp Natural and Cultural History Collection, artefacts and evidence of occupation by human and other real and imagined life forms that characterise the alp as a place of adventure and repose and its potential as a social amenity.

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Feral Arcadia at Beckton Alp 2008

Art Project

Feral Arcadia
The Big Art Project

Client
The Big Art Trust / Newham Borough Council

Collaborators 
Channel 4, Arts Council England, Plant Sciences Department at Imperial College

Budget
£70,000

Completion Date
2008

Links 
Feral Arcadia