Rob Aspland, Director, LDA Design and Chris Levine, artist: Creating magic, myth and spectacle

Rob Aspland, Director, LDA Design and Chris Levine, artist: Creating magic, myth and spectacle
Rob Aspland, Director, LDA Design & Chris Levine, artist:Creating magic, myth and spectacle

Rob Aspland, Director, LDA Design & Chris Levine, artist:Creating magic, myth and spectacle

The ‘People’s Playground’, an artist/urban design collaboration, will transform Blackpool’s central seafront into a year-round urban park that harnesses the town’s unique relationship with light and illumination

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The talk explored a single project - our competition winning entry for 3 kilometres of Blackpool's seafront. In this project art is embedded into a narrative that will transform the town's central seafront into a year round urban park that exudes generosity, colour, fun and a sense of otherworldliness and that harnesses Blackpool's unique relationship with light and illumination to create a destination for millions of people.

Designers in the public realm too often use the involvement of an artist in a project to absolve themselves from taking the lead in creative place-shaping. When this happens, something is often missing. Projects need a creative framework, a narrative, to give them depth.

Working in collaboration the designer and artist can script this narrative, bring it to life and create extraordinary places. The relationship between designer and artist is fundamental to this. It’s about having the right chemistry where the complementary talents and skills of a collaborative team can break new ground.