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Morag Myerscough: Movement Café

Morag Myerscough: Movement Café

The British designer and artist has completed a temporary café in Greenwich —

an explosion of type and colour at the edge of a construction site. 

Designed by British designer and artist Morag Myerscough , the Movement Café is a new temporary café and performance space next to the DLR station in Greenwich, South East London. The café sits in a corner of the site of the former Greenwich Industrial Estate that is currently being regenerated.

Built from scratch in just sixteen days to coincide with the opening of The Olympics — based on the developers’ belief that the gateway to the Olympic borough should not be an unattractive construction site —, The Movement Café is an explosion of colour and type and sits at the centre of an amphitheatre-like space created from the natural level of the site, post-demolition, 2 metres below street level. It’s the result of a public art collaboration between Myerscough and Olympic Poet and prolific tweeter Lemn Sissay. Sissay has been commissioned by Cathedral to write a poem about Greenwich, which will eventually be set permanently into the road that cuts through the site when it is completed. In the short term, the poem, Shipping Good, is painted on the hoarding that wraps the site.

The outdoor amphitheatre seating area provides a contemplative, sheltered place of respite for commuters and visitors to Greenwich and several times a week plays host to storytelling, poetry reading and acoustic performances. All furniture is made by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan from reclaimed laboratory tops.

Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
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While the café will operate for a period of six months, the project hints to what the future holds for this development, which will include a bicycle café and repair shop. Commuters will be able to store their bikes for the day and have them repaired while they’re at work — part of an initiative to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Movement Café is run by the Greenwich Co-Operative Development Agency, a local not-forprofit organisation that works with disadvantaged communities across London promoting food growing projects, and sells a range of organic, fair-trade, sustainable, locally-sourced food. The Café also has a Pashley ice cream bicycle customised by artist Luke Morgan, selling homemade ice cream.

Morag Myerscough: The Movement Café
Address: Waller Way, Greenwich, London

Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Morag Myerscough, Movement Café,  temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
Testo alternativo ImmagineMorag Myerscough, Movement Café, temporary café and performance space, Greenwich, London 2012
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ENTROPY MURAL AT MOROCCO’S MELILLA ART SCHOOL

 

Building facades can be a beautiful thing, and there’s always something to be said about an exterior that’s covered in pattern. Street artist Escif has created the latest work in Morocco, Melilla Art School. It appears to be a wallpaper or graphic of some sort, laid over the traditional shaped architecture in peachy tones.

Titled “Entropy,” this piece features the same plain person walking aimlessly as well as pointing and ultimately it looks as if all wanderers are ending up falling into a manhole. The title implies the topic of “social entropy” which is a transition of society breaking down from cooperation to conflict.

Entropy Mural at Moroccos Melilla Art School (2)

Entropy Mural at Moroccos Melilla Art School (1)

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Sculptural Playground ANNABAU Architektur und Landscha

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The retro-fitting of the “Schulberg” hill in Wiesbaden creates an extraordinary new public space whose outstanding architectural beauty, overlooking the city centre, is attracting people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to meet and communicate through the action of play.

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The heart of the new public space is constituted by an artistically shaped playground consisting of a large spatial structure. Because of its unusual and sculptural design the new playground attempts both to highlight the urban importance of the site and offer an attractive and complex range of gaming activities.

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The main defining element is a spatial sculpture consisting of two green steel pipes winding and floating in distance and height. In some places the steel pipes cantilever up to 15m, leaving a lasting impression. The pentagonal shape of the structure was derived from the historic shape of the city of Wiesbaden, while the dramatic swoops of the pipes refer to urban situations on the site, generating entrance situations or overlooking points.

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In between this structure a tensed climbing net creates a loop – a continuous sequence of gaming activities for children and teens. Within the loop there are six main stopovers for playing activities: bouncing membranes, a liane garden for climbing and swinging, a ‘tunnel’, rubber granulate plates designed to be jumped along, a nest swing, a steep climbing wall and an exhilarating downhill slide.

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A modeled topography is enclosed by the climbing sculpture. Small hills and rings made from green soft rubber granulate offer play spaces for younger children and resting spaces for teens and parents. A boulevard constituted by a wide pathway around the playground provides benches for parents and the elderly to watch their children play and enjoy the stunning outlook. An anthracite, elegant round curb follows the pentagonal shape of the playground and separates the playground from this boulevard.

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 Materials:
Playground: steel pipe frame, steel and rope playground system
Floor: rubber granulate, sand, gravel, granite kerb

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