Monday, 12 November 2012

The Pansy Project: Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

Artist Paul Harfleet plants pansies at the site of homophobic abuse, he finds the nearest source of soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants one unmarked pansy. The flower is then photographed in it's location and posted on this website, the image is entitled after the abuse. Titles like "Let's kill the Bati-Man!" and "Fucking Faggot!" reveal a frequent reality of gay experience which often goes unreported to authorities and by the media.
This simple action operates as a gesture of quiet resistance, some pansies flourish and others wilt in urban hedgerows... 

Paul has just revamped The Pansy Project website. 


  1. I love this - a little beauty from something so ugly.
    However, I've always been confused about the term "homophobia".
    We're talking about people who abuse verbally, wish harm or enact violence against gay people. Surely this is "homosexualmisia" not "Homophobia", i.e. 'Hatred' not 'Fear'.
    A true "Homophobe" would just cross the road and hurry by...