Windows lit up for leap weekend
OUR local streets in Bishopston were lit up by Window Wanderland for the 6th year running during a very chilly Leap weekend.
Over 300 households and local businesses made displays in their windows and gardens to delight and stimulate discussion among those walking the streets. It was hard to see all the displays in three nights and some people left their displays up for a little longer - a few can still be spotted. It all seems a long time ago now in light of recent developments, but is something local to look forward to next year! Watch out for an announcement of the date and call for volunteers to help with organisation.
Local resident Amy Howard described some of the windows and prevailing themes in this year's event, though she stressed she was only able to visit her local area and is aware there were lots of other fantastic windows out there!
Amy said: “I’ve just come
back from my first stroll around the streets of Bishopston and am in awe of the creativity I have seen. I’m also struck by the themes and messages that are flowing through the windows, clearly alluding to the agendas at the forefront of many local people’s minds right now. Namely climate change, the environment, pollution and saving our planet!
“So many windows were highlighting the need for environmental action; from the first street we walked down we were greeted with a beautiful and clever display of penguins swimming from one side of a bay window, while plastic rubbish floated on the other. Next we came across a diorama featuring Sylvanian Family figurines, depicting the recent climate strike and march, attended by Greta Thunberg in Bristol. Mini Greta stood on stage in her infamous yellow waterproof coat and plaits while various little animals watched her on stage and held banners. A brilliant and topical display, which certainly captured the imagination of the children I was with.”
Many of the windows did not promote a particular message, but animals, nature and the environment still featured strongly. There were some wonderful jungle scenes, beautiful trees, bees and insects, and underwater panoramas.
Amy added: “Fellow wanderers were pointing out scarlet macaws, sloths, lemurs, leopards and all manner of other exotic wildlife as they wandered the streets, not to mention the local birdlife that was displayed on one of Nevil Road’s windows; the fabulous projection of The Feathered Dinosaurs of Bishopston,which also featured lit up models of birds in the front garden and the sounds of birdsong playing out into the night; beautiful, educational and innovative!
“Another theme that emerged was Balloons - from hot air balloons floating over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to brightly coloured party balloons. We loved seeing them dotted around the windows, especially in the communal displays along Melita Road and Theresa Avenue - it was great to see that neighbours had worked together to create joint displays.
“And that is really what Window Wanderland is all about - getting people together! What a wonderful way to get people talking to each other; strangers chat to each other about brilliant windows they have seen, they share jokes and give each other tips on which streets to visit next, and they start conversations about the points being raised by the windows.
“It was a fantastic atmosphere as people young and old headed out to their local streets to see what amazing creativity was on display. I can’t wait for tomorrow evening when I’ll head out again to the outdoor galleries my neighbours have created! And next year, I’ll definitely do one myself!”
Lots of photos from the
event can be found on the Bishopston Window Wanderland Facebook page, where you can also message if you would like to help with organising future events.