Plan Your Visit
01.06.2023 – 31.08.2023

Urban Playground

Sit, play or wonder. Visit the City of London's first Urban Playground.

Though not a traditional playground, this installation brings an element of the unexpected into the City, inviting people to interact with one another and their surroundings in new ways. The design is inspired by wooden children’s toys which contain multiple elements which slot together, the design for this installation starts with a block, from which the various shapes are ‘carved’ from. The pieces created from the block make up the modular installation, each with a unique shape that creates the opportunity for seating, play or wonder. By looking at design in the City of London from an unusual perspective – that of a child’s – designers McCloy + Muchemwa see the opportunity for bringing in a more playful or even contemplative atmosphere to the spaces in the Eastern Cluster which can engage families, visitor and city-workers alike.


Blue and Grey outdoor sculptures - the Urban Playground

© Mickey Lee for EC BID

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Urban Playground – commissioned by EC BID in partnership with London Festival of Architecture 2023

Large gold letters E and C, logo for EC Bid.

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