Press release Garden for Change
Virtual Garden for Change celebrates the beauty of nature and the talent of homeless people
500 people, 450 virtual plant species and British charity dedicated to ending homelessness come together in the Garden for Change, which opens in Second Life on Saturday 29th May 2010 at 12 noon SLT followed by live music from junivers Stockholm, Jana Kyomoon and Craig Lyons.
The garden is a virtual representation of the Places of Change Show Garden which won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier the same week.
A journey through the Places of Change reveals exclusion, choices, opportunity, hope, achievement, enterprise and change. These powerful and challenging themes proved a winner in real life with the judges and with visitors including the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren, Lesley Garrett, David Bellemy, Raymond Blanc and Rolf Harris. The Places of Change was created by around 500 volunteers from 49 homeless agencies from many parts of the UK, brought together by Homeless Link. It was overseen by the Eden Project’s award-winning designer Paul Stone.
Siri Vita has created a representation of the garden in the Garden for Change in Second Life. The zones within the garden focus on the environment, food, the senses, enterprise, and health. Plants were created and donated by Herb Abraham, Luna Bliss, Marmottina Taurog and Zola Zsun. There are almost 450 separate varieties used in the garden, most native to the UK, reflecting the biodiversity theme of the project. Eco features include a plastic bottle greenhouse and a planter wall made from recycled white goods. Velazquez Bonetto has made a pole lathe for the Bodgers Cabin, which represents an old way of living in the forest in harmony with nature.
Jenny Valerian is the Second Life avatar of Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of Homeless Link. She explained: “We bring a Garden for Change into Second Life thanks to the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. We want to spread the word across the world: Open your eyes to the potential and creativity of homeless people when they are given a chance. The beauty and diversity of the natural world is an inspiration and a healing environment for people who have overcome intense challenges and then move on to uncover new confidence, skills and passion.”
There will be a series of talks, events, performances and workshops held at the Garden for Change. Jenny hopes that it will become a meeting place where people from different countries can meet and share solutions to homelessness. She plans to invite some of the people who have played a part in creating the real life garden to come in world to share their stories and experience.
Homeless Link is the national membership organisation for 500 frontline homelessness charities in England. Its mission is to be a catalyst that will help to bring an end to homelessness. Its vision is to see an end to street homelessness by 2012. It is working with the UK national government and civic leaders to this aim
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