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Altitude 17m a.s.l
Shoreditch Park Boulder © MYSSAK
Two Hackney green spaces are now permanent homes to two massive pieces of solid granite, each weighing up to 100 tonnes and measuring over four metres high. Boulder 1 (Shoreditch Park) and Boulder 2 (Mabley Green) together form Boulder, an ambitious public realm sculpture project by John Frankland. The launch of this work marks the completion of the second phase of the regeneration of Shoreditch Park and will be a focal point for this year's Shoreditch Festival.
In addition to their presence in the Hackney urban landscape as subtle yet iconic landmark works, Frankland intends that people should engage with the boulders in a direct and physical way through rock climbing, or "bouldering". A keen and expereinced climber himself, Frankland considers physical contact with the rock as a way of energising or activating the work, as well as a way of playfully debunking the notion of those sculptures in park settings, which are often fenced off or prominently labelled as "not to be touched".
A topo is available from: http://cfbaumgartner.ch/blog/?p=13
Parking on Rushton Street. Probably not a good idea to leave valuables on shown in the car - you are in London, not Cornwall. Nearest tube - Old Street, 15min walk, but plenty of buses stop next to the park.
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