Nominate your hero

Bank of America Create Art Award – Rooted in the Earth

Who are our London heroes? The role models for the next generation? The people who have made a difference to London life?

Hackney residents and local organisations are being invited to nominate their hero for a chance to see that person honoured by having his or her name planted in a giant floral artwork in Clissold Park, N16.

Nominations for significant individuals or groups, living or dead, can be submitted from 20 April to 22 May as part of a unique art project called Rooted in the Earth.

Rooted in the Earth is one of two winners of the Bank of America Create Art Award - a major new art award for the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a key part of the CREATE09 arts festival that runs from 22 June to 2 August.

Once a hero has been chosen, a team of local volunteers, including people from gardening clubs and allotment organisations, will join the artist, a landscape gardener and a horticultural expert to plant the winning name. The flowerbed will be unveiled at the end of June, as part of CREATE09, and will be on display until September.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks on behalf of the five host boroughs for cultural projects.

He said: “Art and culture thrives in the neighbourhoods across the Five Host Boroughs and I’m delighted the CREATE Art Award will give residents and local groups the opportunity to get involved in creating a celebration of the arts for London’s Cultural Olympiad in the run up to 2012, leaving a rich legacy for the arts in our communities.”

Nominations can be made by clicking on the ‘Enter’ button at:

Artist Joshua Sofaer was inspired by the Olympic winners of ancient Greece being awarded a single laurel wreath. His project, Rooted in the Earth, celebrates unsung heroes, and asks Londoners to laud new role models. Five of these heroes’ names will be planted as extra large floral artworks in park flowerbeds across each of London’s five host boroughs.

CREATE09 is the annual, multi–disciplinary arts festival hosted by the five host boroughs and delivered in partnership with key producers, organisations and festivals. These include the Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford, Whitechapel Gallery and The O2.

As the first in a series of annual commissions, the Bank of America Create Art Award is a significant part of CREATE09. The Award was established to encourage artists living and working in the five host boroughs to create a temporary or permanent artwork that engages and enriches the lives of the people living around them.

The second joint winner of the 2009 awards is Station House Opera for their project Dominoes. Together, these artists’ winning entries are the first major artworks to be commissioned that engage those people living closest to the 2012 Games site.