In the Welsh seaside town of Barry, a place made world famous by the Gavin and Stacey sitcom, lies a typographic traversing wall. It was designed by Gordon Young in association with Part Two – a London-based design consultancy and opened in 2014.
Whilst this public artwork may seem far removed from the cheaper and less showy designs in school playgrounds, the approach used to create the wall is very relevant and applicable for any school considering installing one in their grounds. It is better to view such a feature as a longer-term educational project rather than a quick-fix, grab ‘n’ go design from a playground catalogue.
Also do not feel disheartened if your school’s traversing wall is looking somewhat abandoned. Very often, like trim trails, they can rapidly fall out of use. If this is the situation, then read on for some ideas to help children rethink their purpose and re-focus their attention.