Children’s Viewing Sculpture

JDA designed a lightweight climbable sculpture constructed using: foam poles, stretchy reflective ribbed fabrics and nets as part of a competition entry for the Aldeburgh Music Festival in Suffolk.

The form, materiality and structure is driven by the sites historic uses, most notably as Snape Maltings and Roman salt evaporation. The polyhedron form emulates angular salt crystals, reflective fabrics provide a modern take on the reflectivity of the sea and salt and the tensegrity structure mimics the bending of ripened barley.

The sculpture is demounted and moved around the site, then reassembled and stabilized in a new rotation at a seasonal anchor point. The locations of these points are in response to seasonal conditions and the changing use of the site, including June’s Aldeburgh Festival.

It can be climbed safely, with limits to heights that can be reached and soft rubber landings at each anchor point. It is internally accessible to 5 children at a time, regardless of their age and ability and many more can enjoy the sculpture from the anchor points.

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