The King’s Cross Picnic, LFA 2012

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June 2012

A neglected cut-through in King’s Cross was transformed into a picnic garden as part of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture. The large scale installation was designed by Squire and Partners in collaboration with landscape designer Jeremy Rye and artist Anna Garforth.

Around 500 visitors came to the picnic to sit outside on deck chairs and real grass beds constructed from recycled palettes, topped with picnic baskets bursting with native English flowers.

A large scale graphic moss installation by artist Anna Garforth was gradually added to during the weekend by children armed with buckets of chalk.

Restaurant/bar 6 St Chad’s Place served food and drink and was decked out in more turf, bespoke games tables and seating made from recycled palettes, plus swings hanging from the rafters.

Youth dance groups from The Place did hourly performances and The Poundshop brought their bespoke mobile kiosk as part of a summer tour, selling wonderful designer/maker items.

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