Gareth Neal - The Urban Picnic

28 Aug 2010 – 29 Aug 2010

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11am - 7pm

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Truman Brewery

London, United Kingdom


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Furniture designer Gareth Neal reclaims neglected spaces of the East End to create pop-up urban picnic sites for Londoners


One of the UK's largest arts bursary schemes, The Vauxhall Collective, kicks off another year of outstanding art events around this year's theme; The Great British Weekend. The design commission sees award winning designer Gareth Neal devise a stunning range of playful objects for London's first urban picnics. Popping-up in mystery locations in East London stretches of city tarmac will be temporarily transformed into grassy spaces inviting Londoners to meet and consume their picnic under the summer sun. Picnickers will enter an interactive and fantastical space featuring traditional weekend fare with a contemporary craft twist. From ping pong, hula hoops and egg and spoon races, to logs and benches to sit on, the picnics take jaded city dwellers back to their childhood memories of the quintessential British weekend. Objects will be beautifully rendered in birch and veneered with combinations of traditional English Timbers in intricate patterns. Gareth Neal is a member of the Vauxhall Collective, an initiative sponsored by Vauxhall Motors. www.vauxhallcollective.co.uk

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