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Suffolk at Play
Exhibition cube

Suffolk at Play is a project facilitated by the arts charity Suffolk Artlink, bringing together different generations to recapture and share their memories of childhood games. 

Caravan was commissioned to produce a way of exhibiting the resulting work created by the participating community groups, including sketchbooks, creative writing and animations.

Our inspiration came from a set of small paper cubes one of the groups had produced, each one decorated with drawings of their memories of childhood play. These lovely cubes, reminiscent of childrens' building blocks, gave us the idea of a large interactive cube which we developed in collaboration with local designer-maker Derek Woodward.

The 800mm square mobile cube, hand-built by Derek, will be exhibited in a variety of public spaces across Suffolk, including museums and libraries, and needs to engage the public without any contextual support from the venues. Not knowing how the cube will be placed, we designed it to be eye-catching from all four sides, with bold colours and lettering based on the participants' creative writing as well as the inclusion of interactive elements – a postbox where visitors can share their own memories of play, storage for a collection of nostalgic toys and a screen to show the animated films. Explanatory text about the project is also included.

Project scope: Concept / Design / Build / Project Management

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Suffolk at Play
Exhibition cube

Suffolk at Play is a project facilitated by the arts charity Suffolk Artlink, bringing together different generations to recapture and share their memories of childhood games. 

Caravan was commissioned to produce a way of exhibiting the resulting work created by the participating community groups, including sketchbooks, creative writing and animations.

Our inspiration came from a set of small paper cubes one of the groups had produced, each one decorated with drawings of their memories of childhood play. These lovely cubes, reminiscent of childrens' building blocks, gave us the idea of a large interactive cube which we developed in collaboration with local designer-maker Derek Woodward.

The 800mm square mobile cube, hand-built by Derek, will be exhibited in a variety of public spaces across Suffolk, including museums and libraries, and needs to engage the public without any contextual support from the venues. Not knowing how the cube will be placed, we designed it to be eye-catching from all four sides, with bold colours and lettering based on the participants' creative writing as well as the inclusion of interactive elements – a postbox where visitors can share their own memories of play, storage for a collection of nostalgic toys and a screen to show the animated films. Explanatory text about the project is also included.

Project scope: Concept / Design / Build / Project Management

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Suffolk at Play Exhibition Cube
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