Now’s your chance to participate in an interactive installation by Yoko Ono. The work comprises broken fragments of pottery, two white tables, materials for repair — glue, twine, scissors and tape — and a set of simple instructions provided by the artist: ‘Mend carefully. / Think of mending the world at the same time.’ Once finished, objects repaired by gallery-goers will be displayed on shelves nearby.

Ono first presented this work as Mending Piece I at her 1966 solo exhibition at Indica Gallery in London. The installation takes inspiration from the Japanese tradition of kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery using lacquer mixed with precious metals such as gold and silver. The practice nurtures breakage as an important part of an object’s history and celebrates the idea that something new can be created from something broken.

Participation and collaboration, which are central to Ono’s artistic practice and campaigns for peace and universal creativity, are also at the heart of Mend Piece for London. If you’re in need of a dose of mindful relaxation, look no further than his mediative, free exhibition.

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Dates
25 August 2021 — 02 January 2022
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