Showing off the Leeds life and culture

STANDING OUT: The striking winning design that was submitted for the scheme.
STANDING OUT: The striking winning design that was submitted for the scheme.
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The many forms of Leeds life and culture are being celebrated in a pioneering new project, which is also a nod to the city’s European Capital of Culture Bid for 2023.

Park and Play is part of collaboration across the city to create a bold and innovative intervention in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery, showing off all aspects of Leeds life.

Following a competition organised by Leeds Beckett University, the scheme has been designed by former architecture and landscape design students.

It will host a two week programme events including film screenings, macramé, a world feast day celebration and more as part of a countdown to the re-opening of Leeds Art Gallery in October.

The winning design, called Redscape, has been created by Bo Muchemwa and Steven McCloy, who graduated from Leeds Met in 2010 and are now based in London.

Redscape will be made from hundreds of red and white Lego like blocks in a composition of assembled structures to create a playspace that feels like an enclosed garden with a mixture of large and small intimate spaces to eat lunch during a busy work day or for a family picnic at the weekend.

Leeds Art Gallery said “The competition winners Bo Muchemwa and Steven McCloy have exceeded our ambitions for the design of a playscape for Victoria Gardens.

“As Leeds is submitting their bid for European Capital of Culture 2023 it is fitting we demonstrate how we can work collaboratively to achieve an extraordinary summer pavilion that transforms Victoria Gardens and creates a unique environment in which visitors are invited to play, reflect and mark the countdown to Leeds Art Gallery re-opening in October.”