It may not be Hackney Wick but this story / event comes from the other side of the Olympic Park and another community at odds with the imposed regeneration.
Julika Gittner and Jon Purnell
Co-curators with Adrian Holme of ‘From the Picturesque to the Demolished’
The curators will present the event they organised to highlight the illegal demolition of Angel Cottage (located right under the official 2012 Olympics viewing platform) featuring video and performance artists and architects relating to themes of destruction, political protest or regeneration and speeches by local residents and activists who have supported the reconstruction of one of the oldest surviving buildings in Stratford .
Despite its protected status, the Georgian Grade II listed Angel Cottage in Windmill Lane was demolished under the cover of plastic sheeting in November last year. The 1826 Georgian cottage had been sold at auction for £400,000 and stood opposite the Olympic site and the new Stratford City development on some of the most valuable development land in London . The illegal demolition was discovered by outraged local residents who demanded an investigation of the case by both the council and English Heritage.
The local council has subsequently prosecuted the owner and served an enforcement notice to have the building reinstated brick by brick at the owner's expense. Architects are currently trying to reconstruct the building from old photographs.
The curators acknowledge the support of the Railway Tavern Hotel, whose staff and customers have been vocal in their support for the rebuilding of the Cottage.
Featuring work by: Simon Boudvin, El Vonne Brown, cack-u-like, Lee Campbell, David Critchley, Janet Dooner, Tom Ellis, Friends of Angel Cottage (Gerri Grogan), Julika Gittner, Lee Holden, Adrian Holme, Alex Ingram, Daniel Lehan, Dan Marmot, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Victoria Melody, London Particular (Ben Seymour, David Panos), Alex Pearl, Albert Potrony, John Smith, Prisca Thielmann, William Titley, Jonathan Trayner, Tom Woolner