Celebrating Peel Park’s regeneration

Date: 1 January 1970 to 1 January 1970

Location: Salford

Client: Salford City Council

To create an engaging public event to mark the ongoing regeneration of this historically important park

With the ongoing restoration of Salford's Peel Park, Salford City Council wanted a key event that brought the spotlight on to this much loved local park and, in doing so, engaged people of all ages from the local community in the run up to its reopening in spring 2018.


 


A lantern parade and fiery garden designed to animate the park and bring alive its history

The fabulous restoration of Peel Park, thought to be one of the world's first public parks when it opened way back in 1846, provided us with an opportunity to animate its newly restored spaces with one of our fire gardens.  These feature a range of fire installations that can be arranged in a variety of setttings and give audiences the opportunity to get up close and experience light and heat in a unique way.

The organic shapes of our fiery installations reflect the organic forms of plants and nature and therefore were the perfect solution for encouraging local people to explore their Peel Park from a different perspective.

We wanted to bring alive the park's incredible Victorian heritage and showcase the work of head park keeper Joseph Brotherton and his team of gardeners.  A lantern procession of people from the local community and Salford City Council also made their way through the park to symbolise light returning to this once forgotten public space.  Dance, music and poetry brought an added theatrical dimension to the evening.

The re-opening of the park will be marked with a launch event in spring 2018.

"We wanted to encourage people to see the park in an interesting way, and let them know that it's a local resource for everyone to use and enjoy. We also wanted to celebrate Joseph Brotherton and the park keepers who worked in the park and the role they played within its history."

Ben Turner, Walk the Plank

Project Specification
Event
Celebrations
Project Scale
Medium
Creative Content
Fire and Fire Drawings
Installations
Parades and processions
Site decoration