Underhillians is a collaborative artwork around the walls of the Hill Station, depicting the amazing world of mysterious dwellers beneath Telegraph Hill.
We gathered together some local artists – so in total we were Bridget McKenzie, Gill Roth, Andrew Clarke, Ahava Fridel, Brian McKenzie, Janet Currier and Dylan Currier. We wanted to do something to explore the life that goes on in the soil, including the ‘hidden internet’ of fungi that helps plants communicate and resist disease, because it is International Year of Soil. However, more importantly we wanted to know what other people imagined, and use that as a starting point.
We invited the local community to send us drawings of the creatures they imagined living beneath the Hill. We asked them to imagine connecting tunnels and chambers, or places like the skate-park and schools, and different ways of living, working and having fun. We received masses of drawings, and especially lots of beautiful ones from children at Haberdashers Askes Hatcham Free School. These were used to inspire our painting, showing the world both above and beneath our feet, over several evenings throughout the summer.