We created a brief that was simple,

‘A place to begin a journey of discovery into the incredible heritage, culture and creativity of Leeds. A place to hear the many stories our communities have to tell, and a place to begin our own’

Our response was to see Leeds City Square as a place to be curated with the people, and not just for them. The City’s statement of intent includes that people come first, and all communities should have a chance to be represented, and although we could not represent Leeds in a single space we could, collectively, create a place for Leeds to represent itself. By engaging communities through the journey from design to activation we aimed to create a place which was an authentic expression of the city, the people, and their stories.

“These trees are strangers, making space for you and making welcome, grafting a new track with every shift of light and air. In these tall trees you’re lost and found anew, anew. You step into this wood yourself, come back a different person through the different trees.”

Antony Dunn

Leeds, October 2020

Collaboration with: Child Graddon Lewis, Antony Dunn & Split Design

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