Fosse Park Play Wall

Fosse Park Play Wall

Leicester

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

Client: The Crown Estate

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.

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A six-book box set for the Unknown Fields division of London's Architectural Association

Client: Architectural Association

The series of 6 books edited by Liam Young and Kate Davies (Unknown Fields) includes stories developed from expeditions through Bolivia and the Atacama Desert, the Western Australian Outback, the South China Sea and Inner Mongolia, the gemfields of Madagascar, Far North Alaska and the black sites of the United States.

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A 400 page book of pure data

Client: Liam Young

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