Studio Long & Scenografika
14 February – 21 June 2015
Perhaps you saw the Pleasure sign on VGCC’s roof?
The light was in place from Valentine’s day until midsummer 2015, a beacon for the centre and for the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens below.
Produced by Studio Long & Scenografika, both studio tenants at the centre, the sign is an expression of the fun and enjoyment taken from all the centre has to offer. It was also a nod to the recreational activities that have been and continue to be enjoyed in and around the gardens.
The plant boxes in front of the Pleasure sign were embedded with evergreen shrubs common to coastal and cliff top environments; Griselinia Littoralis; Pittosporum Tenuifolium; Phormium Seivel – and these continue to thrive.
The installations, visible to those who live and work in the area as well as to rail commuters, were just the beginning of VGCC making greater, more colourful use of the roof and centre.
Since Pleasure was installed at VGCC, it has travelled to the rooftop of Peckham’s Bussey Building, to the Waterloo Vaults and now it visits the Festival of Love at Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 9 July to 29 August 2016.
The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, variously known as ‘New Spring Gardens’, ‘Vauxhall Gardens’ and ‘The Royal Gardens, Vauxhall’ were a popular cultural destination over the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. People headed to Vauxhall for an outdoor stroll, for food, drink and entertainment. The gardens gave London its first public art gallery and a first hearing of Handel’s Fireworks Music. Today, they are enjoying a new lease of life, hosting an ice rink in the winter months, outdoor cinema screenings in the summer and festival events throughout the year. Around the gardens, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and a variety of clubs offer late night entertainment, while the Cabinet and Hirst Galleries, together with Beaconsfield promise access to high quality contemporary art. The Pleasure Project sets out to celebrate and contribute to this vibrant cultural landscape.
Light Manufacture: A1Designs
Read the 2015 press release here