An urban take on performance, a playground for all ages. Intriguing and interesting.
SpY has created an innovative range of ‘playground’ equipment which forces the user to think and basically ‘perform’, its things like the crazy tall basketball hoop which makes people imagine in their head jumping and trying to score baskets! Its this sort of this that excites me.
“SpY playfully reappropriates urban elements, which replicates or transforms and installs in the street. His work is characterised by careful attention to the context of each piece and a constructive and non-invasive attitude.” – The designer has tweaked urban aspects such as the swings, basket ball hoop and goals into something which doesn’t necessarily detract from their existing environment its more an addition to brighten up a space, or provoke a reaction.
When I show my mum anything like this, she doesn’t really understand that its all about performance and interaction, she’d just say, ‘oh its looks nice’. Or if its something wacky and abstract like the ‘Newtons cradle’ swing installation she wouldn’t really understand the concept, which is pretty much to get people talking and thinking about what if the world wasn’t all so uniform and similar, as all basketball nets are the same height and goals the same width.
- Historical, Economic, Political, Technological, Social? – Political because its promoting, be it by chance, a get-active message. Its also a social topic, to provoke peoples opinions and provide a space for people to question what sport-ish areas surround them.
- Did the activities reflect the culture of the time? – Yeah, because it’s used to provoke thought about physical aspects within urban environments around us so people.
- Positive or Negative attention? – Positive
- Spectating vs. Participating? – Both, people can observe and think ‘oh wow, how’d that work’ as well as actually participating and using the installations, which is why they were created.
- Is performance there to keep people occupied or happy? – This has been produced as an urban installation and hopefully promote sports or playful activities.
- How does it relate to my project work? – SpY’s urban art uses found objects and portrays them in a new way, the simple alterations could be added to existing sites and utilise unused park areas within Ashton Park, Haslam Park or Winckley Square.
‘SpY playfully reappropriates urban elements, which replicates or transforms and installs in the street. His work is characterised by careful attention to the context of each piece and a constructive and non-invasive attitude.’ (page 17)
– Klanten,R (2010) Urban Interventions: Personal projects in public spaces. Gestalten.