Stories from our Members – PIPÉT | Painting an Airlite Air-Purifying Mural in Chiswick

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 10:22
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Once upon a time…St Mary’s RC Primary School in Chiswick was audited by the Mayor’s Office among the 50 most polluted schools in London. A recent survey by the Times put it on top of the list of the most polluted schools in the whole of Hounslow. In 2018 a group of parents set out to change all that and turn it into one of the greenest by building a green infrastructure in St Mary’s playground along the brick wall that separates the school to the A4 (with a flow of at least 80,000 vehicles a day).

Working with a team of specialists, the 400ft living wall was planted with 12,000 plants, acting as a green barrier to the pollution from the busy A4 that runs alongside the playground.

Photo credits @pipetdesign

In addition to the green Living Wall, parents seized the opportunity to further tackle air pollution in the playground by decorating a stretch of bare brick wall with a special air-purifying paint. Pipét, a London design studio specialising in printed fabric and accessories for fashion and interior, was asked by London architect Joanna Hoehenwarter - a parent and member of Chiswick Oasis - to design a special mural which was to be painted by the children, parents and visitors (including guest of honour the Mayor of London) at the Grand Opening. 

Having selected a Tropical Madura print, Gina, the founder of Pipét, set about designing the artwork with a positive focus on nature, including a number of large butterflies and flowers.

Below the spectacular results.

All photos credits @pipetdesign

Since then, the school and the parents have creating a beautiful new Edible Garden in the playground next to our wall mural. So the children are able to plant and learn about growing their own foods, providing a valuable learning space in addition to building on the commitment to the schools living green wall installed in the summer to help tackle air pollution at St Mary’s.

Gina Pipét is the Designer and Founder of accessories label PIPÉT. She is also a member of Craft Central and uses one of our studios at The Forge. This story is about how creativity, experience and team work can bring more sustainable, eco-activism and improving outdoors experience and air for children.

Such an inspirational project!

Full story at https://pipetdesign.com/blogs/news/chiswick-oasis-airlite-x-pipet-wall-mural

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