|planning protest artwork
in East Chiltington 2016 to 2021
#6 - ETON GREEDfirst published - June 2021
Message from Stalin - first shoot the writers, artists and poetsZsolt Kerekes - editor July
people living in East Chiltington
(population 286 in 2016) have a long established tradition of defending their
landscape and habitat so that it can continue to be enjoyed by visitors and
residents now and in future generations. As a resident myself I have
occasionally had to adjust my keyboard to a more jagged style of barbed
contexts. I'm a
writer. But typists
can only do so much. It's the artists who can pierce you in a moment and
elevate your emotional connection to an idea in a way which only poets can
aspire to with words.
In this new series - planning protest
artwork in East Chiltington - I'm celebrating some of the art which has
been created to help rally the troops and message the cause of protecting our
quiet green spaces.
I'm writing and publishing it out of
chronological order. I began the series with
- because we had a big fight going on
time in which the artwork was playing a strategic part.
artwork too - #6 ETON GREED - shares DNA with that earlier icon.
as to the protest? - which I've been recording in the
Eton versus East Chiltington
chronicles... it's still ongoing and likely to continue for years.
are the artists? - To avoid being shot - or got at - 3 out of the 4
volunteer artists celebrated in this series - originally created, published and
shared their artworks anonymously for exclusive use by the respective
campaigns for which they were created.
If you are a journalist writing
about environmental campaigns - and the Eton versus East Chiltington
development in particular - and would like to use higher quality versions of
these images in an article you're working on - please contact me and I will
forward those requests to the copyright owners.
ETON GREEDFirst I'll let the image speak for itself. Here it is.
|What do you think?|
some of the other protest artworks in this series - ETON GREED - named itself.
Which really simplified things for me as an editor handling the image in
After here below - you can see ETON GREED - as it
was first published on the home page of
on June 11, 2021 (archived pdf). This is along with the first set of rambling
words and scrambled ideas which I wrapped around the image - when I launched
it to my readers.
|this conversation is entirely imaginary and a
work of friction|
typist - I thought you were creating an artwork
for my old article -
- I read that one - very nice. No - this one's for that new article I
thought you said...
typist - I think my spilling chucker must have clanged it.
- or your productive teat.
typist - typing fast affects my
artist - so when are we going to see it?
- just need to fat cheque it first with legal.
artist - have you got a
working title yet?
typist - Ms Mr Dr Prof Lady Lord..? Too
long at the keyboard. What say you to... hello ETON GREED!
- it's a very small village isn't it?
typist - yes - all the good
writers are busy
...and yet - coming here soon on WrongWordWrongPlace-etc
GREED - a definite article - and a new series too
|Those above are my words. I've
been itching to change them but I'm trying to make this article you're seeing
now part of a true historic record. That includes any cheesy text I may
have written, faults and all. |
What do the artists have to say
about their own work?
Mostly when I've asked for each Artist's
publishable comments - at the time of publication - I've been told they
prefer their artworks to speak for themselves. And that's the case here too.
Finally - this below was the context and setting of the web page
on the day
that the artwork ETON GREED made its first public appearance on the web on June
11, 2021. If you click on the image below - it will take you to an archived
version of the home page.
|The attribution of "Greed"
as a primary moving influence in the proceedings of Eton College and its
various new town machinations in East Chiltington was declaimed by many local
residents at the very start of the digitally channelled discussions which
took part among us when the news
first broke in
February 2021 - under UK Lockdown #3.|
Although - as a resident - I
could understand why Greed was an often stated view - I deliberately avoided
resorting to the Greed appellation in the
few months of my own writing and reporting about this affair - as far as I
was able to. It didn't seem like a solution to anything. And I wanted to wait
until I had done sufficient research to understand what were the original cracks
in the planning
system which had let lose this demon plan in our midst.
I did my
own research into Eton's financial statements about its investment plans - in
reports spanning many financial years - and the other documents which I read
about how the planning
gain was habitually gamed for the huge windfall gains and light tax
benefits it conferred to owners of agricultural land.
It was slow going
because I had a lot to learn about the murky business of planning - and I
also had a lot of typing to do on other parts of this story.
clincher for me was when that some neighbours had received letters directly
from Eton's management confriming that this was no simple accident of a
backroom committe heading off at an unpremeditated tangent. More evidence
which came later from other sources proved that I had been wrong not
to adequately represent these "greed" criticisms more strongly in
my own editorial coverage.
So I was ready and willing to lead with
the strong ETON GREED artwork on my home page when it was released for my
My earlier reticence on this "Eton greed angle" had
left me with an unfortunate deficit of web content assets which I could
instantly redeploy into an accompanying ETON GREED article at the time . But
I knew where I'd seen them. And when they have been packaged into a suitable
standalone collection I'll add a link here.
In the meantime - you'll
see plenty of such editorial in other places by doing
Google search "East Chiltington" AND ("Greedy Eton" OR "Eton
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