London Layout Festival 2015: design duo Isabel + Helen is exhibiting a swing made from massive geometric shapes as element of Chelsea 10, an alumni exhibition celebrating ten years of Chelsea School of Arts .


The alumni demonstrate is spread across the Millbank internet site in central London and the interactive swing set up is at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

Swing by Isabel and Helen

Comprised of two swings – each as two different geometric shapes in daring colours – the playful installation is intended to reference the Constructivist art motion.

Swing by Isabel and Helen

The swing is a continuation of the designers’ original Constructivist interactive playground, commissioned by the V&ampA museum for its Friday Late occasions programme that celebrated Russian art and culture.

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“The playground is inspired by the oppressive Constructivist style motion and celebrates this in a liberating and playful way,” Helen Chesner told Dezeen. “The public are invited to interact and grow to be a part of this kinetic sculpture.”

Swing by Isabel and Helen

Constructivism was an lively art and architectural motion in the early 20th century, originating in Russia. The idea was to strip back artwork to its fundamental elements, resulting in works that were generally minimal and geometric. It presented the ideas that would go on to influence Present day art movements such as Bauhaus.

“We’ve often been interested in its robust, abstract visual language and how the style motion is fundamentally based on a blend of marks and basic geometric shapes, yet it communicates this kind of powerful messages,” explained Isabel Gibson.

Swing by Isabel and Helen

The installation was created off-internet site in Isabel + Helen’s studio in Bermondsey. Chesner explained that to accomplish a completely doing work and dynamic swing, “there was a bit of trial and error at first and some physics involved also”.

Foam cladding is utilised to cover the wood and metal construction to give it a soft, cushioned finish.

Swing by Isabel and Helen

Isabel + Helen specialises in set design and interactive installations. Gibson and Chesner met whilst studying graphic style at Chelsea College of Art and have been collaborating together on various tasks for notable clients ever because.

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“It has certainly been one particular of the most enjoyable builds and it is great to be back exhibiting at Chelsea where we originally met,” Chesner added.

Swing by Isabel and Helen

In one more recent installation that encouraged play, architecture collective Assemble – just lately been shortlisted for the Turner prize – worked with photographer Simon Terrill to produce the Brutalist Playground at RIBA.

Chelsea ten runs from the 19 to 27 of September, at Millbank, as element of London Layout Festival 2015. See Dezeen’s guidebook to the should-see installations and exhibitions at this year’s occasion.



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