A series of pop-up installations have opened at the Southbank Centre in London
The installations form part of this summer’s Festival of Neighbourhood which includes a traditional pie shop designed by RIBA London and architecture students and a stall run by cyclers’ café-store Look Mum No Hands.
Other installations include ‘Grow Your Own Ideas’ by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, which comprises 42 flags on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall, each one emblazoned with a different question designed to garner responses from passers-by.
The Thames riverside walkway will be home to the annual urban beach, which this year takes the form of a miniature town in sand, and to an installation entitled Queen’s Walk Window Gardens which centres on nine allotments which will offer volunteers the chance to plant and tend to greenery.
More greenery can be found at the Festival Terrace, which will be lined with more than 20 fruit trees, as well as 60 wheelbarrows planted as mini gardens, while the Queen Elizabeth roof garden will be expanded to include a shade garden created in partnership with the Eden Project.
Celebrating the Beano’s 75th anniversary, Beanotown is an imaginary neighbourhood in the undercroft of the Queen Elizabeth Hall that includes a museum dedicated to the children’s character.
Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre said: ‘Festival of Neighbourhood will be a space for artists and visitors to ask what it means to live side by side and will explore if, why and how we want to support community endeavours and a sense of belonging.’
The Festival of Neighbourhood runs until 8 September 2013 at the Southbank Centre.