The Grove by Nick Vieweg
Nick Vieweg is a twenty-seven-years old skateboarder, Sony VX-1000 enthusiast and dog lover currently residing in London — a place that is also home to The Grove, formerly an abandoned bar, the pavement slab of the car park next to which was spontaneously reclaimed by skateboarders throughout the span of Covid restrictions and lockdowns. Recycling an “eyesore” of a disused street corner from a relatively sketchy hangout into a fountain of inclusive and community-federating dynamics, it is a fascinating example of locals naturally curating their living space by turning null or even toxic into resourceful, negative into positive. People recuperating a piece of land in a sorry state, overgrown with weeds and detritus (out of which for kids to build the first makeshift obstacles), stuck in timely uncertainty and granting it a new, posthumous yet ever-so-lively purpose — only to, then, at the expected and dreaded end of the day, be confronted by administrative realities.
Nick’s eponymous film The Grove is the perfect, twenty-minute long documentary insight into the challenges and battles the team faced against the people who wanted to redevelop the area.