Form and function for the whole community
Active Landscape Collaboration
As Lead Artist I worked with the design team from Crest Nicholson and Murdoch Wickham Landscape architects, to create an interactive environment on the site of Cambridge’s new homes.
The designs were devised in consultation with the Centre For Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) with participation from students at Chesterton Community College.
The resulting installation ‘Active Landscape: Field of Play’ is a year-round all-age play space designed to encourage residents of all ages to use and explore the environment, and to discover aspects which may not be obvious at first glance.
As well as areas to simply sit and enjoy the view, Active Landscape is suitable for kids (and big kids) to run around, climb on and explore. It responds to the energy and enthusiasm associated with football; tactics and gamesmanship and concepts of movement, making connections with the visual language of football, whilst encouraging and engaging active lifestyle in the public spaces.
Designed to allow people to sit and relax, or get in a workout through climbing, running jumping and interacting with the various elements, I worked with sports scientist Diane Johnson from Anglia Ruskin University to ensure the sculptural elements could be used correctly for different forms of exercise.
A series of game and activity cards, plus the Active Landscape website have been produced to help residents and members of the wider community get the most out of the environment.
Active Landscape engenders a sense of place for residents and neighbours. It is inspired by the origin of the site as Cambridge City football ground but is far more than just a simple reminder of the area's past.
Find out more and discover a wonderful range of exercises and games that utilise the Active Landscape here: