photo of the week: hummingbird of Lewes

Posted by carlotta on Thursday July 14th, 2016 at 9:32pm

It is not every day you find yourself walking behind a giant hummingbird. But then this is Lewes, and this is Patina, when the streets are filled with many such marvels one day a year. Patina, otherwise known as The Moving On Parade, is a collaborative effort between local schools, artists and parents. It is a right of passage for year 6 children as they transition from primary school to secondary school.

All towns should host such a joyous day that collectively celebrates their children. I am so glad I live in a place where 11-year-old children get a chance to don huge hummingbird costumes (or Leonardo-inspired wings, or Mona Lisa paintings, or pink flamingos…), walk through streets lined with cheering people and end the day at a party in the park. All of my Patina photos (of a huge Frida Kalho, an Andy Warhol puppet with walking cans of soup, dripping Dali clocks and so much more) can be found here.


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