Make your mark on the Field of Play
We’re at the start of a five year process to develop this much loved play space with funding from Cadbury and help from Walter Jack Studios who have been appointed to create a new ‘play concept’ for this space.
With over 440,000 people visiting Attingham each year, the Field of Play at Attingham is a well-loved play space. Initially opened in 2012 the field at the edge of the Walled Garden has always been a ‘work in progress’ with play equipment and play areas added to it over the recent years.
The plan: ‘guilloche’
Walter Jack Studios, working alongside the team at Attingham have come up with a new creative idea for the Field of Play. Visiting regularly, listening and talking to staff and visitors, Walter Jack Studios proposed ‘Guilloche’.
Attingham’s Field of Play, also known as the Shoulder of Mutton, has experienced thousands of years of ‘mark making’, creating patterns on its surface, whether from the ancient ridge and furrow, the ploughed lines of modern agriculture or the white lines of a rounders’ pitch.
Inspired by the infinite interconnecting circles of the guilloche pattern, found inside the Mansion at Attingham on stone work, gilding, plaster and textiles, over 30 linked circles will be marked out across the entire field, in white line marking paint. This will create a series of circular spaces for activities to take place, and for families to play within, or ‘without’ as they explore the space. The white lines will fade in and out on the field over time, with the weather, when the grass is cut.
" We use the pattern to create shape, boundary, play and interest in the field. But it does not constrain us because the pattern is a layer that can be used or ignored, worn away and re-discovered."
You may have noticed a few changes in the Field
Over the past few months you might have noticed a few changes to the field as we begin to include the new ideas for the space.
We’ve been measuring and marking lines, and building new willow tunnels with the help of local schools and volunteers. A local school and various community groups who use the field have been helping us form the next stage of the plans by telling us what they love about it, how they like to play in it and what they think of the new ideas so far.
How you've been 'making a mark' on the plans
On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July we headed up to the field to talk to visitors about the first stage of the plans, what we’ve been doing in the field over the past few months and give families an opportunity to ‘make their mark’.
A whole range of activities took place across the weekend, including, storytelling, parachute games, races, mini shelter building, and making a willow wall. Families were able to talk to the Attingham Team as well as Paul and Walter from Walter Jack Studios about the first stage of the design — “Guilloche”.
You can see more of the weekend in our film below:
Feedback from the weekend, an online survey open for responses in August 2017, and consultations with local schools and community groups will be used to help Walter Jack Studios shape the second stage of the development of the Field of Play. We’ll then look to start implementing it in 2018.