This 60-metre long vinyl print displays 50 consecutive images akin to film stills. The images show the Dominican convent, now the Spanish school, and the wall that surrounds it, which is opposite this work. The images display fleeting scenes of the street taken from sunrise to sunset on Valentine's Day 2009. The only steady feature is a figure, reclining on top of the wall, which remains unmoving throughout.
This small intervention in the ordinary scene of the street elicits varying responses from passers by. Some stride by, some pause, point or pose with the lonely figure, which is just out of reach. The result is a series of accidental portraits, capturing market traders, residents, shoppers, council workers and tourists who happen to pass this long stretch of road between the two walls that lead from Portobello Road Market to the Golborne Road Market.
Both walls are a remnant of the area's history. The Little Sisters of the Poor used to maintain a home for the elderly here, now a new housing development. The wall on which the work is hung is an original remnant. The physical remains of the area's history are juxtaposed with the fleeting presence of people, whose lives and works may leave small traces on the area for future generations to decipher.

 

 

 

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Portobello Road Wall Commission, extended until January 2010