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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 http://www.christmasplayground.co.uk/elves-workshop

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: www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news

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

www.christmasplayground.co.uk

The Christmas Playground is launched!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Christmas Playground

It’s finally here! The Christmas Playground, created and led by Katapult, will be officially launched this afternoon at a festive VIP event.

The playground features a range of giant wooden sculptures crafted by sculptor Andrew Frost to celebrate Derby’s heritage, culture and diverse community.

The Christmas Playground will connect communities, the private and public sectors and local arts organisations through this absorbing attraction in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, the cultural heart of the city.

There are a number of sculptures representing key partners in the project including two penguins (University of Derby), a car (Toyota), a train (Bombardier), a jet engine (Rolls-Royce), a soldier (Derby City Council) and a bear (Royal Crown Derby).

Once the festivities are over, the sculptures will be moved to the Royal Derby Hospital for the recreational enjoyment of the hospital’s community and visitors.

Katapult’s Managing Director, Dawn Foote said: “The project is unique to Derbyshire and will bind its world-class manufacturing and creative industries, which are key to Derby’s heritage and make-up.”

Derby City Centre manager Melanie Allen said: “Derby’s Christmas Playground is an excellent showcase of usable public art. I am sure that the children will love climbing over the wooden toys while parents take a moment’s relaxation from Christmas shopping in Derby.”

And Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group said: “The Christmas Playground fits in perfectly with the Cathedral Quarter’s ethos as an area that is individual, diverse and inspiring.”

After months of planning and designing, Katapult are really looking forward to unveiling the toys to the project’s partners and the public in the playground later today. There will be University of Derby choir carol singing, plenty of mince pies and mulled wine and Rammie Claus for the kids!

Please read the full press release at www.derby.ac.uk/news

For more details about the project and activities in the Christmas Playground visit the website: www.christmasplayground.co.uk