Carl led in the creation of PoliNations, a groundbreaking multi-million pound, multidisciplinary free public art installation in Birmingham city centre over September 2022.
From conception to delivery, Carl oversaw all aspects of the creative process, including the diverse 250 strong creative team that included producers, architects and engineers, production and horticultural designers, lighting, sound and costume designers, digital and graphic designers, and a program that included over 400 artists.
PoliNations was inspired by the surprising fact that over 80% of plants found in UK city-gardens originate from overseas and celebrates multiculture and horticulture through spectacle and mass participation, upheld by the values of sustainability, diversity, accessibility and legacy.
5 giant tour-able fabricated trees that collect rainwater framed more than 6,000 live plants creating the outdoor environment to host live performance that included drag, carnival, poetry and dance.
PoliNations demonstrates what is possible with city centre spaces beyond our own life spans. The experience engages audiences through discovery of our diverse collective histories, how we self identify, and how we envision a more positive future together.
“PoliNations is a joyous celebration of the incredible creativity and cultural diversity across the UK today. We’re thrilled to have commissioned the festival as a part of UNBOXED, and that it will also provide a spectacular free event for everyone in the final month of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. Audiences from the region and far and wide will be able to experience an event that embraces diverse forms of art, and myriad ways to tell captivating personal and collective stories that reflect the magnificent richness of our society.”
Martin Green, Chief Creative Officer at UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games