Posts Tagged ‘public art’

A desire for more public art in Derby

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Wooden Soldier

During the Christmas Playground a street survey – also available online – was undertaken to capture the public’s response to the wooden playground toys, which were crafted by artist Andrew Frost. The project was led by Katapult in partnership with Arts Council England, Bombardier, City Centre Management Derby, Derby City Council, Derby County Football Club, Derby Live, QUAD, Rolls-Royce plc, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Derby Hospital, Simon Foote Architects, Toyota and the University of Derby.

In Family Fortunes style “‘The survey said”…

88% would like to see more public arts projects like this in Derby

93% agreed that themselves and/or their chidren enjoyed the playground

The Under 10′s ‘Name the bear’ and ‘Colour the Soldier’ Competition recieved over 500 entries. You can see the winners here

The family workshops which ran at QUAD to paint the wooden decorations for the city centre tree were all fully booked. Alongside this, three local primary schools took part, resulting in a  total of 150 children attending to help the cast of Cinderella hang them on the tree (along with a couple of helpful elves and  festive health and safety men from Derby City Council) Images can be seen on flickr

A visitor from Liverpool commented: ”Derby changes so much, everytime we visit, there seems to be a lot more to see and do’”

The wooden sculptures are now being relocated to the Royal Derby Hospital for the enjoyment of patients and visitors.

You can watch the making of the toys here

Contact Dawn Foote,  if you would like any more information about the project.

Christmas Playground now open for all!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Wooden Car - Toyota

The Christmas Playground was officially launched last night to the partners (santas helpers) and everybody who was involved with the project (elves), and most importantly to a large and very excited group of children!

At a VIP event in the BOX at QUAD, with mulled wine for the grown-ups and candy canes for the kids, Katapult’s Dawn (dressed as an elf) thanked everyone for their contribution. The video of Andrew Frost sculpting the toys was shown for the first time, and will now be repeated regularly on the BBC Big Screen throughout the duration of the Christmas Playground and can be viewed here

Everyone was then led outside to the Market Place where the sculptures were unveiled one by one by the partners. One of the first children to play on them, Scarlett Roe,10, of Allestree said: “they’re really brilliant. It’s clear a lot of work has gone into them…And young children can play on them with older children while adults will like how they look.”

The children continued to play on the toys until they were dragged off home for tea which is the way we hope it will continue to be!

For more information please see the press release:

You can check out the pictures from last night on the Christmas Playground Flickr account