Leeds Beckett graduates win competition to design pop-up play area in Leeds
Two Leeds Beckett Architecture graduates, Bo Muchemwa and Steven McCloy, won the opportunity to see their design ‘Redscape’ turned into a reality. Their winning scheme will be in place from Saturday 12 August till Monday 28 August.
Commenting on the design, Bo Muchemwa said: “We liked the idea of playing on contemporary art by taking simple everyday objects and flipping perceptions –the concept is driven by social interaction and playfulness and will create a natural and welcoming experience, like climbing around a rocky cave, being surrounded by a forest or like water flowing around pebbles.”
‘Redscape’ will be made from hundreds of red and white Lego-like blocks called Universal Road Separators in a composition of assembled structures to create a play-space that feels like a special enclosed garden that is welcoming for everyone. It will feature a mixture of large and small intimate spaces to eat lunch during a busy workday or for a family picnic at the weekend.
Park here and Play is a unique partnership between Leeds Becket University’s Project Office, DLA Design, Leeds City Council and Leeds Art Gallery.
Leeds Art Gallery said: “The competition winners Bo and Steve have exceeded our ambitions for the design of a playscape for Victoria Gardens. Their scheme is bold and will sit as a beacon in the city centre attracting people in and intriguing them from afar. Splashes of bright colour will create zones in which activities can take place and there is a wonderful hide and seek playfulness with the design.”
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Details of the activity programme can be found at www.parkhereandplay.co.uk