Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan have been busy this summer – as well as creating a stunning temple of love on London’s Southbank, the pair have produced an interactive installation in a Wakefield garden where visitors are invited to sit, play and swing…
Swing It! is an interactive playground in the grounds of The Orangery, a Grade II listed building in central Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The artwork is part of Playful City, a community arts programme organised by Wakefield arts and architecture charity The Movement Café in Greenwich and the newly installed Temple of Agape, on display at the Southbank’s Festival of Love until the end of August.
The playground features a series of hand painted typographic signs, aluminium shapes and patterned swings suspended from a scaffolding structure. Visitors can move signs and shapes by pulling mechanical handles or using the swings, and some move and creak in the wind. At 10 metres high, the structure can be seen from outside the garden’s walls, inviting passers-by to come inside and play.
The swing patterns are based on designs produced during paper weaving workshops with local residents, an idea inspired by the city’s textiles heritage. As Myerscough explains in a film on the project, the words on signs are taken from a poem written by Morgan and workshops held with children living in Wakefield.
“It’s that idea of picking blackberries in August, and having limitless days of not knowing what to do…those words that just make you think of summer,” says Myerscough. “Hopefully, people will relate to the words without any explanation…we want it to be open and friendly and inviting to people,” adds Morgan.
The garden is open until August 31, and The Orangery is hosting a pop-up cafe and bar throughout the summer. For details, see beam.uk.net
Initial sketch by Morag Myerscough
Poems by Morgan and from workshops with Yew Tree youth group
Patterns generated during weaving workshops with Wakefield residents