The White City of the Future

Schoolchildren share their hopes and dreams as part of a new artwork

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Shepherd’s Bush schoolchildren have created a giant piece of art portraying their ideas of what White City might be like in the future.


Children from ten local schools took part in creating the artwork, which is due to be unveiled on Monday (21 July) and will be displayed on a hoarding in White City’s Media Village.


The piece consists of 20 huge panels (110cm x 220cm), showing swirling patterns and containing the written aspirations and thoughts of the children.


The ideas expressed by the children range from the fantasy-like, "pigeons that turn into tropical birds" to the more practical, "a place for my family to be together again".


The project marks the centenary of the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition and Olympics – two major events that transformed West London.


Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History and originator of the project, said: "As we stand on the brink of another transformation of White City, we really wanted this project to tap into what children and young people want from their future city. They have lots to say, and it's important that we listen to them."


As well as the BBC, the project is being supported by various local partners, including Westfield, and Hammersmith and Fulham Council.


H&F Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh said: "We hope this artwork will inspire and challenge everyone, young and old, to think about what they would like from their future White City."


Jenny Cowan, Community Relations Manager for Westfield London, said: "We're delighted to have been involved in this project and it's great to see the young people of the borough looking towards to the future of White City.”


The schools that participated in the project are: Burlington Danes Academy, Canberra Primary School, Jack Tizard School, L'Ecole Jacques Prévert, Phoenix High School, Pope John Roman Catholic Primary School, Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre, St Stephen's CE Primary School, Woodlane High School, and Wormholt Park Primary School.


18 July 2008