Using the façade of the NatWest Bank in King’s Street, Legacy recounts the site’s former use as St Thomas’ Almshouses, which were given to the town in the will of Henry Pinnock in 1624, “for the better relief and maintenance of such poor decayed people as should from time to time dwell in the ancient Parishes of Gravesend and Milton.” Exploring the themes of philanthropy, benevolence and charity, the installation pays tribute to those who have given to those less fortunate than themselves, as well as highlighting an ambition to leave the world in a better place than when we came into it.
About the artist/s: Howard Griffin has projected his work at various light festivals, including the Medway Light Nights, Cheriton Light Festival, and the Canterbury Light Trail. He is currently completing a PhD thesis on the transformative effects that projection mapping can have on architecture. His research work culminated in an installation called Electric Chatham at the Medway Light Nights in 2023. The piece, using the former National Electric Theatre (latterly Poundworld), highlighted an urgent need to protect the heritage in the High Street.