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PUBLISHED: 12:02 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

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AN ARTIST handed out free cushions at the first day of the inquiry emblazoned with images of the forgotten dreams of the park. On some of them, Mike Ricketts, 38, printed pictures of treehouses built by eco-activists protesting against commercial deve

AN ARTIST handed out free cushions at the first day of the inquiry emblazoned with images of the 'forgotten dreams' of the park.

On some of them, Mike Ricketts, 38, printed pictures of treehouses built by eco-activists protesting against commercial development in Crystal Palace Park a decade ago.

Others had images of a wooden-clad 1960s tower block which could be demolished if the masterplan goes ahead.

A giant glass and steel 'pod' proposed for the park by architects Wilkinson Eyre in 2003, a project long since abandoned, was also printed on some of the 24 cushions.

Mr Ricketts said: "I wanted to celebrate the recent history of the park and ask questions about what is being valued. The sports centre is a listed building but some of the other 1960s buildings are not and I wanted to draw attention to how some of them are already becoming forgotten dreams. I knew it was going to be a long inquiry and I wanted to give people something which would be useful and to make them more comfortable. They went down very well. The Crystal Palace Park Association liked them."

Mr Ricketts moved to Somerset last year but previously lived in Cintra Park, off Anerley Hill, for six years.

He said: "I sympathise with the protestors who don't want the land sold off to developers. The argument to sell may have been stronger when the housing market was at its peak but not now the bottom has fallen out.

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