The Common Treasury of our Deeds and Actions

UHC designed and built a bespoke boardroom table for Knowle West Media Centre’s ground-breaking new eco building in Bristol.

Central to the project was an event organised by UHC on the winter solstice 2007 where users and long term supporters of the media centre and its new building were invited to share their stories and hopes for the project. The large solid ash table holds a series of glazed display chambers into which remnants of a talking stick and the solstice fire were placed.

The event is an example of UHC’s interaction with Urban Environmentalism, where social acts and networks form the basis for sustainable cities.

The Common Treasury of our Deeds and Action reminds us and its users that deeds rather than words are the heart of environmental action and social justice. The inscription around the table edge is quoted from the writings of the 17th Century Leveller Gerrard Winstanley and reads: ‘…and thoughts ran in me that words and writing were nothing and must die, for action is the life of all and if thou dost not act, thou dost nothing.’

Commissioned by Knowle West Media Centre