Advent Flags

I defy anyone to find a further reach of St St Alfege’s Advent Windows concept – it really is becoming global these days. What I love about it is that, as each new community becomes inspired, the concept morphs and changes, and becomes even more fabulous.

Long-term Phantomites will remember Benedict – photographer, artist, toad-wrangler and generally splendid Greenwich-eccentric who despite departing these shores several years ago now, still haunts both the town – and this blog – from time to time.

Benedict and Mrs Benedict now live in Toronto but Greenwich still haunts them – and continues to inspire their work.

Daily Flag for Daily Bread is a community art project where residents of two streets (a truly hyper-local event) unveil one flag each over the 24 days of Advent.

In many respects it’s similar to the Greenwich project – each house makes a flag, any media, any method, everyone in the area strolls round and enjoys the results and, presumably, chomps mince pies and drinks mulled wine (or the Canadian equivalent – what is it, Benedict?) – with one rather groovy exception.

There’s an online auction to buy the flags afterwards, for the charity Daily Bread Food Bank, which helps to supply food for people who can’t afford to buy it.

I’m going to get Benedict to send me a photo of the streets with the flags on show, but the flags¬†(so far) can be seen here. My pic is of Benedict’s own ¬†- he was Number One (of course – you’ve got to have some perks…) though its benign appearance has a rather disturbing concept behind it. He tells me

It is an abstract interpretation of of the rather alarming stats that (last year) there were over 800,000 client visits which means that 1 in 6 people in Toronto will use a food bank in the next year.

Scary stuff, eh…

If any of them take your fancy (the flags, not the food bank users, keep up at the back there…), I can’t think of any reason why you couldn’t bid on it and bring a little Greenwich-inspired art back to its roots…


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8 Comments to “Advent Flags”

  1. Robert Number16 says:

    OOer really love picture .A bit Sandra Blow meets Terry Frost.

  2. scared of chives says:

    Ah, Benedict. Must-missed (including his toads).

    Great design.

  3. Benedict says:

    Thank you Phantom! Mulled wine and mince pies equivalent…..probably Moosehead Beer and Beaver Tails.

  4. How are the beaver tails served these days? I like to keep it simple and merely frost mine with a little icing sugar but I know traditionalists like to deep-fry them in batter.

  5. Benedict says:

    Deep-frying seems to be de rigueur here. Although one tends to burn the calories off fairly quickly with a spot of Raccoon wrestling in -10c and 2 foot of snow.

  6. Moosehead-beer batter? Or is that a bit heavy for deep-frying? And do you chop the tails into bite-size mini-morsels or just keep them traditonal length?

  7. Actually I should imagine that full-size deep-fried beaver tails ARE mini-morsels for all those lumberjacks…

  8. Benedict says:

    ..and you can barely see the trees for all the beaver tail munching lumberjacks!