July 13, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Around 500 visitors braved London rain showers over the weekend for The King’s Cross Picnic, a pop-up picnic garden installed in a neglected cut-through in King’s Cross for the London Festival of Architecture.
Local architects Squire and Partners in collaboration with landscape designer Jeremy Rye and artist Anna Garforth, transformed this forgotten corner of King’s Cross into a space fitted with deck chairs and grass beds constructed from recycled palettes covered in real turf and topped with picnic baskets bursting with native English flowers.
Armed with buckets of chalk, children added their own creativity to a large scale graphic moss installation designed by Garforth on a railway wall. By Sunday evening the chalk stretched over two streets creating a fantastic mural of pictures and messages for passers-by.
Inside a Victorian warehouse restaurant/bar, 6 St Chad’s Place, which was decked out in more turf, children and adults alike played games on tables and seating made from recycled palettes while also swinging from from the rafters on two swings.
Youth dance groups from The Place performed hourly offering a visual interaction in both the indoor and outdoor spaces, while ladies from The Poundshop sold designer/maker items from their bespoke mobile kiosk.