Video: Amenity Space's pop-up park in Leeds
London-based duo Amenity Space has created this temporary public art installation-come-park on a ‘forgotten’ plot in Leeds
Dubbed Wonderwood, the new public space sits on a vacant development site in the Holbeck Urban Village - which is owned by Igloo and eventually earmarked for development by CTP St James once the economy recovers.
The scheme has transformed an empty, gravel-covered area into a grassy ‘oasis’ with a ‘perfectly mowed lawn its own golden tree, pink rabbits, an orange bell tower and sound boxes which, when coaxed, produce curious summertime noises such as a recording of rhubarb growing or 1970s vinyl birdsong [bought] from a West Country charity shop.’
Nicola Stephenson, a director of project backers the Culture Company, said: ‘It just shows that with imagination, there are some real opportunities to take currently suspended sites in our city centres and turn them into something that enhances our experience of inner city living.’