The Children’s Pavilion for Rathfarnham, Session 10

On my arrival at the school fo our 10th session I was thrilled to see the work of the children and parents. Together parents had volunteered to paint the different pieces of our structure in strong primary acrylic colours with small groups of children from the class. The piece looked strong and vibrant. The tubing mirrored the Pompidou Centre’s exterior though over all it reminded me of Corbusier’s Pavilion for Zurich.

Our piece is of a significant size and eventually we shall have to dismantle it. I want to be able to produce some element of permanency of the piece whilst capturing how the children interact with the piece. So for this session I decided to introduce animation where we could capture the playful nature of the piece with the children. I also wanted the children to develop the piece further by adding elements of individual and group identity.

Much to my surprise the children had experience in different types of animation, this was excellent as they understood the concept already. The animation I chose to use was similar to the process of shadow puppets, the children’s shadows were projected onto the walls and piece itself as they played and interacted with each other in our piece. Over the next week I will edit the footage and hope to create a short film for the children.

One of the incredible elements in doing a long-term residency is the opportunity to observie the changes and developments of the children. Within a relatively short space of time the entire group of children can now write. This has become a very important factor for the children and they have suggested that they would like to write something on the walls of their piece.

Whilst I was filming our animation the teacher Carol and parents who volunteer each week were in the classroom working on creating life size 2D body images. Working in twos each couple drew around the other and together they painted the images in. The body images, additional piping, tubing, colour and text will form the basis for our next session.

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