Waterfront Dundee play park to offer visitors a whale of a time
May 14 2020
Dundee City Council has selected British artist Lee Simmons to deliver an oceanic centrepiece for a planned public park at Waterfront Place following a design competition.
The waterside regeneration project will blend land and water by lifting a giant Humpback Whale sculpture on stilts around which people will be able to freely wander.
Designed to serve as a beacon for a new interactive play park the £134,750 'sculptural structure' will provide a unique space which alludes to the city's historical connection to the whaling industry.
Outlining the giant form of the ocean predator in tubular steel sections the sculpture will guide visitors from the head positioned at the northern entrance to Waterfront Place, toward a tail arching towards the Tay. This experience will be heightened by an underside 'interactive canvas' which can respond in real-time to the spatial movements of visitors in sound and light.
Commenting on the design Simmons wrote: “The natural form of a huge mammal created with modern materials in such an amazing setting is perfect for me because I love to bring together architecture, art and design and explore what blurring their boundaries looks and feels like.”
Detailed design and engineering work will now take place with a view to moving on-site once construction activity resumes.