This post is about an award-winning exhibit at the recent Chelsea Show in the UK. I was astonished at the statistics involving the reality of contemporary slavery. As Julie comments: “The number 90 hung on the reverse of the open oak doors which represented “90% of change comes through people taking action. Only 10% by changing the law.” Hopefully more of us will question where the products we buy are made and who is involved with making them.”
So to help spread the awareness…
Amongst the madness, beauty and razzmatazz of Chelsea this year, there was a garden with a powerful message. The Modern Slavery Garden, designed by Juliet Sargeant, the first female black designer in Chelsea’s 103 year history.
Behind the closed doors, a dark centre – charcoal floor, dark railings and door backs representing a hidden reality of men, women and children trapped in modern day slavery. The tall Oak planted within, symbolising the Oak Wilberforce stood under in 1788 with William Pitt discussing the campaign to abolish slavery.
The door numbers represent deeply moving statistics from the 2014 Global Slavery Index. Men, women and child human trafficking and forced labour. Sex slavery, debt bondage, domestic servitude, child marriage, organ harvesting, forced agriculture labour, factories and sweatshops, producing goods for global supply chains, even nail bar forced labour.
The small oak saplings at the base…
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