'Affirmative 1' was installed in Peckham Square, London, SE15, in October 2016.
The street signs with the words ‘always yes’ and the three directional arrows impart a positive mentality and energy to passers by as they engage in the world around them.
The site specific installation makes use of this busy public space where people cross by foot and on bicycle in multiple directions. The arrows on the street signs point toward the different directions you can take to cross Peckham Square; whilst suggesting a new underlying directional approach to take with your life.
This public art intervention appropriates the life affirming ‘yes saying’ philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche through an exploration of James Joyce’s novel ULYSSES. It explores ‘virtue ethics’ as an underlying character style or mentality that informs the way you act in the world; as well as looking at how ethics and aesthetics can be combined to affect the way people feel, think and act in the world.