Victoria Park Playground
Wicksteed Space Shuttle Launches at Basildon Park
With the topic of space very much at the forefront this year since Tim Peake’s incredible space mission, Wicksteed has unveiled a cosmic Rockscape at Victoria Park in Basildon!
The community around Victoria Park are over the moon with their new out-of- this world play equipment which forms part of a long-term art project supported by Basildon Council. Bespoke play specialist, Wicksteed, was asked to create a new space-themed piece and a supersonic Rockspace Space Shuttle has emerged. The Space Shuttle will provide hours of fun and climbing challenges full of adventure for budding astronauts during the day.
Cllr Kevin Blake, Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure and the Arts said:
“Basildon Council is delighted with the work that Wicksteed carried out to design and install the iconic Space Shuttle Rockscape in Victoria Park, Laindon. The Shuttle design further enhances the space race theme of the wider play area, inclusive of the heritage Wicksteed climbing frames that have recently been reinvigorated through the Council’s partnership project with renowned local artist, Shaun C Badham.”
Shaun had been inspired by the vintage Wicksteed equipment initially installed in the 1970s and transformed the two heritage units into a fantastic light and art installation which allows them to now light up in the dark, through the use of special ultra violet paint.
Shaun Badham, said, “The launch for project MORNING was a great success, in that it brought a diverse audience that were able to enjoy the launch in different ways; a guided tour by Nina Humphrey, and an art exhibition, thus co-existing together similar to the heritage frames and the new park now designed around them. We are keen to have discussions with more local residents, groups and our current collaborators to see how MORNING and Victoria Park can work together in the future.”