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Leeson: Lambeth Floating Marsh

Lambeth Floating Marsh

A new project by Loraine Leeson

 

Dr. Loraine Leeson has been successful in raising nearly £25,000 from the Western Riverside Environmental Fund, which re-directs revenue from landfill tax for environmental purposes, for an exciting new art/science collaboration designed to support biodiversity in the River Thames. A floating reed bed will be created alongside the Tamesis Dock barge, which is moored in the river opposite Tate Britain on the site of the original Lambeth Marshes. Lambeth Floating Marsh will promote the 'greening' of the shored up banks of the river, while providing a sheltered habitat and monitoring station for river organisms. It will also serve as a pilot for how biodiversity conservation may be expanded along the inner city reaches of urban rivers. An artificial ‘rock pool’ in the form of a large petri dish located in the centre of the reed bed will offer a sustaining environment for organisms brought in with the tide, while microscope installed above will enable the structure to act a static observatory. Visitors will be able to connect to the project web site via their phones to observe recent activity and learn about the issues affecting biodiversity conservation. Later in the year watch for images of these organisms projected onto the side of the barge, which will be viewable from the north side of the river.

 

Site where the floating reed bed is to be installed. Photo © Loraine Leeson

From 15th-24th September 2015 large scale images of river organisms were projected along the Thames embankment in London to draw attention to the importance of supporting biodiversity along urban rivers. This arts/science collaboration between artist Dr. Loraine Leeson and scientist Dr. Nithin Rai includes new reed bed habitat for micro organisms and invertebrates in long basket structures attached to the hull of the Dutch barge Tamesis Dock. Find out more at www.lambethfloatingmarsh.org.uk.