The Invisible City
The Invisible City
A new type of art project to build giant treehouse pavilions for open source use by an organic network of collaborators!
A new type of art project to build giant treehouse pavilions for open source use by an organic network of collaborators! Read more
About this project
The Invisible City will comprise 3 giant treehouse pavilions that we have designed to capture the amazement and awe that we experienced while living in the trees. These pavilions are capable of hosting large audiences and almost any kind of artform! The site where they will be located is a magical setting, on the picturesque banks of the Regent's Park Boating Lake. The project will create a public platform for 3 summer months of creative collaboration.
The project is about you; it’s about how you use the space, the experiences you share with your friends and strangers and the new perceptions that our collaborations can inspire. Help us create a “social organism as a work of art”.
The Pavilions - Full Length Version
The Aerial Arena is the centre point of the site is a giant timber sculptural form raised high above the ground, wrapped in a transparent skin to reflect the surrounding nature. It can hold audiences of 100 people seated and 200 standing –a totally unique space for collaboration across art forms and we are so excited to see what kinds of happenings that it inspires!
The Hive Gallery is totally suspended from the branches of the tree. It is designed to create a new window to the world, to help spark our imaginations and re-inspire awe in nature.
The Peace Pods are geometric hubs that hang from the trees’ branches looking over the lake, suspending participants in nature, creating intimate spaces for exploration, contemplation, meditation and conversation.
We are curating the most exciting programme of collaborative happenings in the trees with some of the most amazing artists and organisations who deeply inspire us! Now we want to use crowdfunding as an open source platform for you to get involved - this is your invitation to make this project your own! Suggest activities here, email us or post on social media using #InvisibleCity.
“a project looking to draw a new, connected generation into spending more time outdoors.” Co-Exist
Think laterally and respond with your wildest imaginations! Circus in the trees? Immersive ballet? Seminars with inspirational speakers? Chef’s serving foraged food? Or how about interactive storytellers bringing books to life in the Hive Gallery? Are you a young musician who wants a place to perform up a tree in a giant treehouse? Do you care for children and want to give them a day out that they will never forget? Would you like to start a debate about a subject that is burning in your heart?
Campaign Video - Full Length Version
The Invisible City represents the shared imaginal space that bursts out from the cracks of the city. It is being financed through a crowd-funding campaign because it is our shared ideas that make it possible, and your donations that can bring it to reality.
The Invisible City was inspired by our meeting up a tree on a protest site in the Brecon Beacons some 6 years ago when we lived in a woodland in a self-made treehouse and we know how powerful these types of spaces can be.
...which included discussions with the local council authorities, consultation with ecological and arboricultural experts and completing Stage C designs of the pavilions. To date, a huge amount of time and energy over 4 years plus preliminary funding has been donated to the project to fund and progress phase 1...
The project will be open in Regents Park for 3 summer months, following which, the pavilions can move to another public space for further use. As we are a non-profit organization, and a registered Community Interest Company, we are able to make your contributions tax deductible.
...whose work has an international reputation for bringing architecture and nature together. Each one has been sculpted to reflect the surrounding environment and carefully designed to be sensitive to the surroundings and wildlife.
Natural space has an amazing way of inspiring us to drop our barriers and to relax into the environment. We want to demonstrate this by intervening in the nature of the city, re-mapping the territory between nature and culture and celebrating the important value of the park in our modern urban environment, as a place where culture, nature and community can meet in an ecologically sound way.
We want to inspire new forms of artistic expression in nature, changing the way parklands are used: “...transforming people's experience with/in urban green space - making a real and long term difference to the lives of people and their environment” Wired
In 2009, an astounding amount of people found use for the first iteration of the Invisible City – The TreeHouse Gallery, organising performances in dance, music and theatre; workshops in print, woodcarving, poetry; talks on ecology and philosophy and much more! There was a huge amount of support for the project from local residents, foreign visitors, arts institutions, artists and local authorities.
The Royal Parks where incredibly supportive of the project, finding it to be one of the most interesting and interactive projects they have ever hosted, and wish to continue supporting its existence.
Park manager Nick Biddle feels that it is crucial that the park continues to innovate and host community and cultural activities and believes this project has the ability to draw people in to engage with green spaces in a new, exciting way:
Risks and challenges
We have had verbal support from the Council, but will be carrying out ecological surveys and submitting a planning application to the Council, which will need to be officially approved.
Due to our constant consultation with The Royal Parks’ wildlife experts and authorities and with Westminster Council’s Planning team, we are confident that we will not have any issues with this aspect.
We hope to be able to facilitate as many and as diverse spectrum of activities as possible. We are also approaching the council and funding bodies in the hope that they will provide access to grants to contribute to activities within the project, following the success of our crowdfunding campaign.
None of the activities will be dependent on these grants, but they will aid us in being able to produce live activities at the project that will push boundaries even further by helping us to cover additional costs such as specialist equipment and expenses.
We are a very small team, we ask for your patience while we personally handle reward fulfilment and deeply appreciate your support of for this project. Thank you for joining us as we begin building this unprecedented project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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