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Pop-up pavilion comes to Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens in Leeds will be transformed into a pop-up pavilion and playspace for two weeks from 12-28 August.

Park Here & Play is a large-scale project and realised through a collaboration with Leeds City Council, DLA Design and Leeds Art Gallery and other partners.

Park Here & Play will start the countdown to the Leeds Art Gallery re-opening in October 2017 and aims to create a relaxing, creative and inviting space that inspires residents, workers, visitors, children and families.

In May, Park Here & Play partners teamed up with Project Office – a design and research collaboration of staff and students at Leeds Beckett University – and launched an ideas competition inviting Leeds Beckett University alumni to create a design for the temporary transformation of the public realm outside Leeds Art Gallery.

The winning design called Redscape was created by Bo Muchemwa and Steven McCloy, both students at Leeds Metropolitan University who graduated in 2010 with first-class degrees and are now based in London.

Muchemwa and McCloy will collaborate with artist Trudi Entwistle and DLA Design to turn their ideas into reality.  

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 playspace that feels like an enclosed garden.

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.”

John Orrell, director of DLA Design, added: “This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the council and the gallery and raise the bar for the potential of our public spaces. We have built upon our previous projects to realise a much more ambitious design that will be free for everyone to enjoy and encourage all to see their city from a different perspective.”

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