Breathe:2022: Dryden Goodwin’s climate conscious art lives on Lewisham’s walls
For London Borough of Culture 2022 celebrations in Lewisham, we teamed up with Invisible Dust to show Breathe:2022 by Dryden Goodwin – a flagship commission in the year-long programme.
As a project that’s both public art and an environmental message, Breathe:2022 with Dryden Goodwin reinstates an earlier 2012 work of the same name, now updated to be at home on Lewisham’s streets today. Created alongside London air quality scientists, the work underlines the urgency of conversations around air pollution. Featuring over 1000 enlarged hand-sketches of local people who bear witness to the impacts of poor air quality in the borough (and city beyond), the sets of drawings form photo-in-motion sequences that show people labouring to inhale and exhale.
Invisible Dust approached us to install Dryden Goodwin’s piece across Lewisham – in the “choked underpasses of busy bridges” and on the Old Town Hall in Catford. As a piece that’s grand in size and scale, Breathe:2022 is imposing and thought-provoking. Occupying prominent spaces in the centre of Lewisham, Hither Green, Forest Hill and Catford, it will raise climate consciousness in the borough, with an events and engagement series running around it. As Invisible Dust notes, “Breathe:2022 asks us to both stay with the claustrophobia of ‘fighting for breath’ but begin to look upwards and outwards, towards the possibilities of community action and a clean air future for all.”