No Conflict no Irony (I Love the Whole World)
The making of a 100 meter long banner and
the walk to Salisbury Crags on 17 October 2013
Photos: Tom Nolan
Inspired in part by the opening ceremony for the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, ‘no conflict, no irony (I love the whole world)’, 2013, is a work that considers the common ground of sport and the language of abstraction, and brings participants together through the act of making and walking
In 2006 the City of Edinburgh Council published plans to demolish Meadowbank Stadium, selling the site for housing. More than 6000 people signed a petition objecting to the proposal, while 600 marched from the stadium to the City Chambers, as part of a Save Meadowbank campaign. The proposals to sell Meadowbank were put on hold in 2009, after a decline in Edinburgh property prices.
1970 and 1986 the commonwealth games where hosted at the meadowbank.
During 5 days I worked in collaboration with two local artists, Katie and Sophie Orton having a workshop with kids from across Edinburgh to design and make a 100-metre banner through a series of games and making sessions. In the evening a team of 10 sewers worked the designs from the day into 1.5-metre sections of banner. the last night the sewers put all the sections to one piece 100 meter long
On Thursday 17 October the banner was walked by collaborators, sportspeople and members of the public, from Meadowbank Sports Centre – to Salisbury Crags. The walk was
live streamed and you could follow it online. That day we had heavy rain and wind, it was a real struggle trying to get to the top, we never got all the way.
after the walk hot chocolate was served.