Medieval Garden Art Fence
Merchant City Initiative - Public Competition
Pidgin Perfect were shortlisted for the Merchant City Medieval Garden Art Fence Project from a highly competitive list of architects and public artists. Our proposal, on which we collaborated with our good friends Icecream Architecture, centred around a ‘living fence’ which promoted relationships and interactions .
Medieval trade often consisted of people exchanging goods rather than paying money, to the extent that trust enabled people to leave items to be collected at a specified location without ever having to meet face to face.
Our swap shop idea reignites that spirit of trust and exchange creating an interactive art fence that enables people to deposit messages and objects and discover new ones for themselves.
Pigeon Holes is an interactive addition to the planned Medieval Garden at George Street that enables people to interact with others in the city in a way inspired by medieval trade; becoming a self regulating swap shop, public notice board showcase for public art, as well as providing a comfortable vantage point on the garden.
Pigeon Holes is intended to be a focal point for the community so there will be integrated seating within the lattice grid catering for the scale of children and adults making the ‘living wall’ suitable to all ages. In addition the overhang of the living wall will provide some shelter making the garden habitable even in the rain.