A pop-up urban park made of a giant 500sqm circle of artificial grass will be placed in Church Square to highlight the water-crisis to locals and visitors in a fun, creative and interactive way. It will be a temporary installation from the 27 November 2017 through to the 16 May 2018.
Open-Call for water-crisis awareness ideas on the square
Church Square is located on Spin and Parliament Street in the heart of Cape Town, next to Parliament and at the bottom of Companies Gardens. The square is the subject of a major regeneration project which is a public/private partnership between City of Cape Town and Urban Lime properties. It is managed by a registered Non-Profit-Company: Church Square Cape Town . More information here and find our Church Square report here.
A three months-long urban intervention to reimagine an open to all public urban space on Church Square that raises awareness about water scarcity.
Part of our mission is to bring attention to the square, encouraging locals and visitors to reimagine urban public space with this temporary solution designed to delight, engage and encourage people to linger in the square. The Western Cape water crisis will be highlighted with an open call to Capetonian and Western Cape residents to get involved and offer a platform for city engagement. A wide range of visitor activity will be managed by Church Square NPO and encouraged, in line with their inclusive and free mandate. There will be fun things like free deck-chairs, managed and curated public art and performance.
Currently, the Church Square Pop-Up Park will feature:
- A local construction company is making rainbow constructed from 500 1ltr buckets each representing 1m litres and the amount we are currently over using – 82 – will be displayed by black buckets below.
- Local artist Jaco Sieberhagen’s large sculpture “Tug of War” which shows the push/pull of humans and the delicate balance of water.
- A local cocktail bar will make a huge digital clock which will count down to no-water-left-day-zero.
- A local comedian performing piece entitled ‘If it’s Yellow Let it Mellow’.
Share ideas and projects to raise awareness on the grass circle to talent@ChurchSquare.CapeTown and follow the guidelines of the City Public Art and Busking Guidelines. It could be an installation, art work, performance piece, talk, technology or any initiative which uses the public space to raise awareness around water issues and opportunities in our city and region.
You are invited to the unveiling of the giant artificial grass circle which will be installed temporarily into Church Square (Spin and Parliament Street) to raise awareness of the current water crisis. Come for talks, performances and to contribute to a festival of water saving ideas!
DATE: MON 27 NOV 2017
TIME: 5:00 PM for 5:30 PM UNVEILING
This project is a collaboration between Church Square Non-Profit Company and Future Cape Town; supported and underwritten by Urban Lime Properties SA Pty Ltd. It was inspired by the recent installation by artist SpY who transformed Madrid’s Playa Mayor with an incredibly simple yet effective installation.