Glamis Adventure Playground – Guerrilla Geographers at Heart

15 October 2012 · 0 comments

in Community Involvement, Developing School Grounds & Outdoor Spaces, Outdoor Play, Urban

On Wednesday 7th November it’s Guerrilla Geography Day. The Geography Collective are urging people all over the world to take part in changing, questioning or challenging any “No” signs which you notice around you.

This activity really appeals to me. Around 6 months ago I blogged about such signs around the outside of a hotel. I think signs convey covert meanings around their overt message. Perhaps it’s another form of attempting to exert power, often under the pretence of health and safety or for the public good. Hmm…

Well over at Glamis Adventure Playground, what interested me was their approach to signs and signage. It was warm, welcoming, humorous and informative. For example, take a look at the entrance signs…

It’s one way of making big iron gates a little less imposing and the way in a little more inviting (just inside the gate there’s a huge trampoline with lots of children waiting for a turn). On closer inspection of the sign up high, the arrow clearly points into the playground where all the activity happens…

I did ask to see if any of the current staff could remember anything about the signs, but it seems like all of them have been there for a long time and are just part of the play furniture. I kind of liked the advice given below… naturally when crawling underneath the structures, there’s a little less room.

The “works” notice is up on the highest structure… but perhaps it’s indicative of all the digging. The staff reckon the signs may have been the work of a former worker… clearly a guerrilla geographer at heart…

A sign turned on its side suggests a steep drop and the need to abseil… suddenly the potential of playing with the direction of signs is born…

The only way is up! I’m sure this photo is due a caption of some sort. Perhaps as it was such a lovely afternoon, there’s a spot of blue sky thinking going on between these two …

Naturally not all signs need the written word. This is a rather sweet illustration on the toilet door. It reminds me a bit of one GP who had put a poster of Garfield the Cat thinking “Why me?” above the examination bed in his room.

Finally, who could refuse such requests as made below. A sign of the times…

If you wish to make a donation, however large, of any of the above, then please contact the staff via the Shadwell Community Project website. Thank you.

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