Breaker's Yard at Sutton House
What was once derelict scrubland at Sutton House in Hackney has been transformed into a late 20th century-themed urban oasis with an edible garden, and art installations including The Grange - a 1970s caravan fitted out as a historic stately home.
Awardwinning Daniel Lobb and arts-based educational charity, The House of Fairy Tales led by Deborah Curtis and Gavin Turk, have come together to create the Breaker’s Yard.
Formerly a car breakers yard, the site is now a wonderland of installations and hidden spaces connected by sinuous brick paths.
You'll see elements from its recent history incorporated into the yard including upcycled vehicles, a car tyre sand pit, a bus greenhouse and bespoke metal gates that incorporate toy cars donated by celebrities, well-known artists and local people.
One of the things you can't help but notice in the yard is Daniel Lobb’s The Grange (1998), a multi-storey caravan sculpture formed from scrap caravans that have been given a stately home interior. It has toured with The House of Fairy Tales since 2009 and been enjoyed by thousands.
The sculpture evokes Alice in Wonderland with its distorting interior displacing our expectations. The interior of The Grange provides a small, tall space ideal for storytelling while its outside balcony is a great look-out point with a stage for performance pieces.
Sutton House is engaging families and school children of East London in an interactive playful learning programme inspired by the Breaker’s Yard.
Breaker's Yard has been made possible by the generous support of Biffa Award and Pocket Parks and numerous donors. It has been transformed as part of the Mayor of London, Pocket Parks initiative.