In the Reeds

A figure, not wholly present, undone or forming, rises from the grasses of the marsh. Transforming or mimicking, the figure’s arms become the wings of a local kestrel. Enmeshed and intertwined, the human and the animal’s fates become tethered, taking flight in hopes of finding a land not devasted by the ever-present heat evaporating the landscape around them.

In a year when the world is experiencing devastating effects of Climate Change decades before predictions, where the UK and London specifically are experiencing record heat and lack of rainfall, vital ecosystems like the marshes of Walthamstow where this mural is located near, are an apt lens to view our changing world. Wetlands are bio hotspots and crucial buffer zones to climate extremes, ecosystems central to survival on a damaged planet.

Model: Micheal Hemans