Fosse Park Play Wall

Fosse Park Play Wall


The UK’s first vertical activity wall, complete with a rubber floor, informed by a series of workshops.

Clients: The Crown Estate, Macgregor Smith

A large scale outdoor installation at Fosse Park in Leicester commissioned by The Crown Estate that included a graphic wall, a rubber floor design and a 15 metre window design for the UK’s first vertical children’s activity area. The colourful installation welcomes children and adults to the space by filling the area with positivity in the use of local cultural references and a warm and upbeat colour palette.

Image shows the children's activity area designed by Smith and Lewarne in collaboration with Macgregor Smith architects at Fosse Park shopping centre in Leicester.

The Process

Engaging the local community is something we enjoy doing as part of researching and material gathering. Working with local people is a great way to foster a sense of civic pride as well as generating interest in a project.

We organised a series workshops with two different school groups and an older peoples’ social group. The sessions gave us a greater understanding of the context we were working within as well as providing us with material for the visual language of the outcomes.

Secondary school students were given an introduction into working with a specific colour palette, creating patterns and paper cut compositions. They were also encouraged to create cropping devices inspired by Sister Corita Kent, enabling them to examine their work in a different way and to look for interesting compositions and unexpected things.

We projected managed all aspects of the installation. The wall graphics were produced and installed by WithPrint, our regular production partners who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to these sorts of complex projects.

The floor was installed by DCM Surfaces who worked with us to create a palette of custom colours and made sure our complicated designs came to life underneath the play elements.

Art, Research & Adventure

Art, Research & Adventure


A installation commissioned to reflect the building's unique context and purpose.

Client: The University of Bath
Photography: Dom Moore

A permanent, building-wide installation responding to the meeting of culture and academia on the University of Bath's campus. The installation is encountered in many different places throughout the building, with each location presenting varying expressions of a common visual language.

The Process

The process began with an invitation to explore the University's archives, with a particular focus on the architectural history of the campus. The Alison and Peter Smithson played a pivotal role in designing some key buildings on the campus and their unique place in British architectural history was something we were keen to acknowledge by incorporating imagery from certain records in the archives.

We also explored long-outdated text books and journals, scanning images and textures to feed into our image-making process.

A final source of visual material was the Internet Image Archive, a vast resource of out of copyright images from books published around the world. We searched for academic themes in the archive, pulling out the images which spoke to the material was gathered in the archives to add to a bank of visual material was then used to create the installation. The images were then put through a series of digital and analogue processes to give them a more unified look and feel. These processes included printing, rescanning, colourisation and halftone screening.

A series of graphic compositions were then created in response to each of the spaces the installation needed to occupy. Once the compositions were finalised some of the shapes were used to frame the images we had created.

Each space was unique and had different requirements. The windows still needed to let a lot of light through them, the cafe area needed to be food-safe and easily cleanable, the corridors needed to be robust enough to stand up to years of people brushing up against them and the atrium and stairwell spaces needed to have a greater amount of presence given their scale. To address these requirements needed a great deal of dialogue with the building users, as well as modelling and mock-ups.

We created 3D models of certain areas of the building, like the stairwells and atrium, while flat plans were sufficient for the windows and other spaces. Modelling like this enabled us to bring our intentions to life for the building users and confidently plan the installation with our production team WithPrint.

Arnolfini: New Rules

Arnolfini: New Rules


A temporary typographic installation for one of Bristol's leading cultural institutions

Client: Arnolfini

Arnolfini has been a place for imagination and bold new ideas in Bristol since 1961. As Arnolfini entered a new chapter in 2018, they wanted to tear up the rulebook of what a centre for contemporary arts should be or look like.