Art Installation

'Play Portal'

 

 
 
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PLAY PORTAL

Sometimes the simplest of structures and hard landscaping elements can become used as the basis of play and social interaction. Parcour, football, BMX, running, stretching or simply sitting can be made more engaging and possible with minimal structures. The proposal for The Play Portal is to install a simple stone or concrete portal on housing estates or areas which are abandoned to offer imagined uses and engage interactions. This square block with a round hole is a basic, almost mute sculptural unit, which in its simplicity and lack of coded utility will be more easily assimilated and possessed by the inhabitants of all ages, than the usual play structures- due to its “dumbness” and lack of expressed purpose.

It is envisaged that the uses of these portals could be diverse and amongst many other possible imagined uses and games – it would offer the following, including:

  1. Drinking water as a child, wheelchair user or adult
  2. Filling up plastic water bottles and reduce discarded bottles
  3. Jumping through the hoop
  4. Target practice with a football or rugby ball or frisbee
  5. Tennis rally
  6. Catch
  7. Sitting as a group
  8. Sitting as a couple
  9. Reclining
  10. Dog’s drinking water
  11. Dog tricks, including jumping
  12. Waterfall for showering in summer heat
  13. Acrobatics
  14. BMX stunts
  15. Skateboarding
  16. Having one’s picture taken
  17. Rinsing one’s hair
  18. Opportunity to act as a podium
  19. Landmark
  20. Climbing
  21. Swinging

A water screen is fed from the mains to create a flowing film for various engagements. The water will be fed through pipework from the mains up along the side of the block and sprayed through nozzles lining the upper section of the circle. There is a stainless steel button to activate the fountain that when released stops the water after two minutes. There is a concavity at the base to facilitate a bowl for animals to drink from, this will also act as a scooped area into which one can recline. The whole block is set on a concrete foundation and is stable enough to be climbed on by several adults.

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 Playing on the estate

Playing on the estate

 
 
 Leaping, throwing and jumping through the hole

Leaping, throwing and jumping through the hole

 
 Resting and quiet moments on the street

Resting and quiet moments on the street

 
                On the street corner outside newsagents

               On the street corner outside newsagents