S1 Artspace Park Hill
PREVIEW: Fri 17 Jun, 5 – 8pm
ARTIST TALK: Sat 18 Jun, 3pm
18th June to the 11th September, Wed-Sun, 12-5
Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play. The Brutalist Playground is an exhibition by 2015 Turner Prize winner Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play. Originally commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this touring exhibition has been reimagined for the Brutalist icon that is the Park Hill estate in Sheffield. Featuring a brand new commission, it investigates the materiality and visual language of post-war landscapes through an immersive, climbable and conceptual landscape.
Post-war playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect prevailing and social theories and concerns of that time. The main part of the installation draws from a number of brutalist housing estates estates: Churchill Gardens, the Brunel Estate and the Brownfield Estate in London and Seamount Court in Aberdeen. There is a newly commissioned element, which takes its design from a playground on the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, built by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith between 1957-61. Archive images of the original playgrounds are also projected on the walls.
The Brutalist Playground is supported by Yorkshire Festival 2016, RIBA, Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, Urban Splash and Sheffield Town Trust