Parsloes Memphis by EVA ROTHSCHILD

Parsloes Memphis by EVA ROTHSCHILDSculptural pyramid play structures

Unveiled in July 2022, Eva Rothschild’s play structures draw inspiration from the artist’s childhood memories of a landmark stone pyramid on Killiney Hill in Ireland, where all levels of the pyramid have to be climbed before a wish can be made.

The colours are non-naturalistic and draw from Rothschild’s own palette and the vibrant colours of the Memphis Group, a distinct circle of designers from Milan, Italy, who were active from 1981 to 1988. The group designed colourful postmodern furniture, lighting, fabrics, carpets, ceramics, glass and metal objects. Rothschild has a particular interest in the wider practice of the group’s founder, Ettore Sottass (1917–2007), who explored the social, cultural and technical implications of architecture and design on the way people live and interact.  She says of the new playground, ‘Sculpture as a playground should be activated through the body, through movement, irreverence, imagination and joy.”

This commission forms part of Create London’s programme of art, architecture and infrastructure celebrating the Becontree Estate and the diverse histories and lives of its residents. Each of the community-centred infrastructure projects seek to enrich the local area and give positive value to behaviour in public spaces, supported by, and in partnership with, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Co-commissioned by Create London and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD). This commission is funded by LBBD’s Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy.