‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ Street Art

‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ is new wall art installation in Wimbledon Town Centre, created by Love Wimbledon, in collaboration with artist Louis Masai and local photographer and culture campaigner Cindy Sasha. This piece aims to raise awareness of the decline of British birds in London, particularly the House Sparrow, renowned for its birdsong and seen as a vital part of urban life.

Brought to life by a London-based artist, often best known for his dynamic and inspiring wall murals of endangered animals, ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ features a male house sparrow and female house sparrow inferring the question of ‘where has the sparrow song gone’. Based on the hit single ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ by Icelandic musician Björk, the art reflects how birdsong has reduced over time, due to the population decline of this bird species.

The disappearance of birdsong could have a profound impact on human health. The natural sounds of birdsong have been linked to improved mental and emotional health amongst humans. Hearing birdsong allows us to connect with the natural world and can be the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.

According to The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), there is a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, estimated as dropping by 71 per cent since 1977. This has led to the RSPB now red-listing House Sparrows as a species of high conservation concern.

Rather than adopting the newer patchwork style, seen in much of Louis Masai’s more recent work, the artist drew on a more realistic, older style of painting to embody the central message of this piece – the critical situation facing British birdlife. Louis Masai is a London-based painter, sculptor and street artist, who uses his art in the form of murals, paintings and installations to highlight and initiate discussion surrounding climate change, endangerment of species, conservation and species equality.

Wimbledon has seen a renaissance in cultural experiences ranging from music, theatres, art galleries and literary festivals. It is a place where there is often more than what meets the eye. As said by Cindy Sasha, “street art can change a landscape of a town centre. I love it when the love spreads through art and sends such a positive message – we need more of it!”. Love Wimbledon create and fund a variety of cultural and environmental notions including the first rainbow pedestrian crossing in the UK, in partnership with Merton Council, to show support to the LGBTQ community in Wimbledon Town Centre. Find out more here.

 

“This collaboration has brought an important message to Wimbledon, whilst also developing a stronger and more vivid cultural strategy for visitors to experience the town centre. The art is impactful, meaningful and has had a positive response from business, visitors and local residents. We were pleased to hear we have a crew of House Sparrows in Wimbledon Town Centre – something to be truly celebrated.”

Sally Warren, Love Wimbledon

 

Find this new street art piece on Alwyne Road, off Wimbledon Hill Road, in Wimbledon Town Centre, and help to spread this message. Watch the public reaction to the art.

 

New Year’s Eve in Wimbledon 2019

Welcome 2020 in style and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Wimbledon. With a fantastic selection of bars, clubs and pubs in the town centre to choose from, it’ll be a night to remember.

 

601 Queen’s Rd
601 Queen’s Rd is the perfect backdrop for socialising; a table to dine, space for celebratory drinks or private spaces to party the night away. Ring in the 20’s with your chosen tribe in style and an in-house DJ playing until 2am. A selection of drinks packages, canape menus, social bowls, sharing boards and delicious menu packages available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garratt & Gauge
New Year’s Eve at The Garratt & Gauge means a Black Tie Blowout. Open from 8pm – 2am, playing the best music to get you on the dance floor.
Tickets available now at a discounted price!
Note: prices go up nearer the time.

 

All Bar One
Get your tickets for the incredible and show-stopping New Year’s Eve Cîroc party at All Bar One Wimbledon. Arrive in style with a complimentary Cîroc French Martini, then raise your glass as the bar brings the year to a close with plenty of fabulous cocktails, delicious nibbles, epic live DJ sets and late-night partying.

Tickets are limited so book them now and pre-order a limited-edition Cîroc vodka bottle, engraved with the All Bar One Logo & NYE 2019!

(T&C’s apply)

 

The Old Fizzle

Join the 1920’s Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party at The Old Frizzle. Dine-in between 6pm – 9pm and enjoy two courses for £20 or three courses for £25. Add 1.5 hours of bottomless free flowing fizz to kick start the evening for just £16 or turn up fashionably late and enjoy the party with the DJ until 2am.

New Year’s Day – cure that 2019 Hangover and recover with the all-day Brunch, Bloody Good Mary’s & Berocca cocktails to help you begin the New Year.

 

  

The Prince of Wales
See in the New Year with live music at The Prince of Wales and the brilliant OB1s playing until late or visit Bertie’s Bar, the secret little cellar bar downstairs, for a Top Hat and Tiara party.

From 9pm – 2am.

 

Smash
Get ready for the best retro New Year’s Eve party around. Their DJ will be playing a musical roller coaster of hits from the nineties and noughties, so sing loud and be proud of the decade you love most!
Party in style by booking one of their special NYE pizza, ping pong & drinks packages, all of which include complimentary entry.

 

Tunnel 267

Welcome in the future with the New Years Eve party at Tunnel 267, Wimbledon’s only nightclub! Tickets start from only £5.

 

Suburban Bar & Lounge
Ring in the New Year, Suburban style and enjoy free entry all night for celebrations with friends in a comfortable, friendly and fun environment.
With party tunes and cocktails that will get everyone in the mood to dance into 2020. Including a Happy hour from 7pm – 9pm and a Prosecco Cocktail Special from 11pm – 1am.

Help Those in Need Locally

There are loads of ways you can help organisations in Wimbledon who are supporting those in need locally.

Merton Street Pastors, who have been conducting late night patrols around the streets of Wimbledon for ten years, are appealing for help in the form of volunteers or donations. Merton Street Pastors aim to care, listen and help as much as they can and their presence helps to make Wimbledon safer, whether it’s a listening ear, a pair of flip flops or help to a bus, taxi, train or tram they’ll do what they can! Find out how you can help here.

In addition to its regular and hugely popular Meet Up Mondays event, The Alexandra Pub in Wimbledon will also be hosting another wonderful Don’t Be Alone Lunch on Christmas Day, for the fifth year. Landlords, Mich and Sarah always say that the hardest part of this is getting people to take the plunge and join, rather than spending Christmas alone. There’s no need to even book – just pitch up when doors open at midday on Wednesday 25th December. Follow The Alexandra on Twitter to keep up to date with news about these events and spread the word!

Wimbledon Guild runs many events throughout the year aimed at reducing social isolation and lonliness, helping people experiencing difficulties, and enabling older people to be active and healthy. They hold regular clubs and classes, talks to entertain, enlighten and inspire, and trips to places of interest around London, Surrey and the local area. They will also be hosting a Carol Service on Tuesday 10th December. Wimbledon Guild relies on financial donations from local people, businesses and organisations. Find out how you could help here.

Big Toy Rehoming at The Entertainer – Bring your unwanted toys in to The Entertainer Wimbledon, who will rehome them via the Salvation Army. The Big Toy Rehoming aims to reduce plastic waste by prolonging the life of toys, while helping to ensure every child has the opportunity to play this Christmas.

Homeless Donations Appeal

  • Prince of Wales – the Wimbledon pub is collecting donations for Merton’s Faith in Action, which operates a homeless drop-in centre to support vulnerable people in our community. They have already received donations of shoes, warm clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and tinned food. Donations welcomed until the New Year.
  • Wimbledon Station’s Shoe Box Appeal – On Friday 13 December 2019, between 7am – 7pm, staff at Wimbledon Station will be on hand to receive shoe boxes filled with donations for the homeless in Merton.

Winter Wonderland Brings Christmas to Wimbledon

Town Centre lights up as the festive season begins in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland brought a joyous warm glow to our town centre on Sunday 1 December. With The Broadway closed to traffic, thousands of visitors filled the streets, enjoying festive entertainment, tucking in to traditional treats and getting hands-on with a host of activities for all ages. Shoppers were also treated to a huge array of unique and handmade gifts, including original art, homeware, clothing and accessories from local artisans at our Christmas Market.

Visitors tucked in to all the festive favourites such as mince pies, mulled wine, popcorn and candyfloss, along with a huge range of exotic cuisines from India, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Brazil and South Africa. And new this year, the Sticks N Sushi Tent proved a great addition!

Entertainment featured classic carols and contemporary favourites on The Piazza bandstand and inside Centre Court, along with local dance group and brass band performances, and larger-than-life Christmas characters mingling with the crowds. There were fun family photo opportunities inside our giant snow globe, the light tunnel and Christmas unicorn vignette and our traditional live ice carving drew in the crowds who watched in awe as a stunning reindeer evolved from the frozen block.

New to Winter Wonderland this year was the Games Tent. Designed with older kids in mind, it featured Roll-A-Ball Reindeer, the Snownado and Snowman Alley, plus regular firm favourite, the challenging Snowboard Simulator. And of course, our hugely popular Snowman and Pudding bouncy castles were there for the younger children, along with a very busy Make ‘n’ Take Tent.

A spectacular fireworks display lit up the evening sky, courtesy of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

Thank you to everyone for coming and to the businesses for supporting this most wonder time of the year.