by Mark Wardell

In 2018 Abundance London co-ordinated the design, funding and implementation of the Chiswick Timeline: A History in Art and Maps.

The Timeline is created from 16 enormous maps of the area, dating from 1592 to today, overlaid with works of art by renowned artists showing local landmarks. This includes two specially-commissioned artworks by Sir Peter Blake and Jan Pienkowski.

The artwork was crowdfunded by two councils, local businesses and individuals, and installed on a wall belonging to Transport for London.

A great launch party was held in January 2018, where the road was closed, Fullers supplied a truck to serve as a stage and several thousand people celebrated the project. New artworks Chiswick without Borders and Chiswick in Ceramic were created during the course of the party and a project book and art trail were launched.

For full information about each map and each artwork, see the tabs above. These provide an excellent introduction to the history of Chiswick. We encourage schools (and others!) to use the materials provided.

Now, the Timeline is there in perpetuity to provide a beautiful and educational backdrop to what was once a drab and scary road running below a railway crossing. Enjoy!

Buy the commemorative book

Copies available at Foster Books 183 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 2DR

Download the art trail flyer

Download the art trail flyer to see the views of Chiswick as shown in art from the Chiswick Timeline. You can also download the writer’s trail flyer.

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