Willow ball – a beginning

Beautiful weather meant working outside the Gallery today on Elsa Godfrey’s Willow Ball was no hardship. Everyone who came by to see the show added a willow whip and by the end of the day we could see that the ball had grown.

Interested in collective acts, Elsa hopes that eventually the ball will become so large it will have to stay wherever it is and slowly collapse back into the earth. The whips can be personalised with a strip of coloured raffia (or something else) by each person taking part, the only important thing is that all materials used are natural so ultimately the piece will biodegrade.

The process is simple:

1) select your willow whip (a flexible length of freshly cut willow stem).

2) weave it into the structure of the ball

3) record your thoughts about the experience in the ledger that Elsa has prepared. At the end there will be a lasting record of each whip that was added to the ball.


Elsa will be at the exhibition at BHVU Gallery tomorrow Sunday 4th September, and again on the final weekend, 17th & 18th September. In between, she and the call will be putting in an appearance at Queens Wood where some more North Londoners will get a chance to add to the ball.

Tim adds to the Willow ball


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