Mon­key busi­ness in CBD

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

If your trip to the CBD on Mon­day in­cluded a cou­ple of new sights, like mazes and vol­ca­noes where they should not be, you can be sure there is some guer­rilla play-fare go­ing on.

Guer­rilla Playspaces is trans­form­ing or­di­nary city ar­eas into fun, play­ful spots.

The in­stal­la­tions will in­clude mini mazes, a vol­cano struc­ture for seat­ing and play­ing, pop-up play sta­tions for chil­dren and more.

Auck­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with the com­pany on two in­stal­la­tions: an in­ter­ac­tive dance pad and pavlova-shaped seat­ing that hums to passers-by, invit­ing them to come in and sit.

Guer­rilla Playspaces says the project is an ef­fort to make Auck­land a fun and en­gag­ing place.

‘‘We saw th­ese great city spots go­ing un­der­used and just wanted to change them into fun, play­ful ar­eas, if only for a short time,’’ team mem­ber Luke Krieg says.

‘‘It’s about giv­ing Auck­lan­ders a feel­ing of own­er­ship over their city, mak­ing it a place they can en­joy in­stead of just a place they work.’’

This is a pi­lot project for the com­pany, who gained in­spi­ra­tion from so­cial net­work­ing site Pin­ter­est.

While some in­stal­la­tions may be chil­dren-fo­cused, the com­pany says there are some spa­ces for adults to in­ter­act also, like the Guer­rilla lounges.

The in­stal­la­tions will be set up all around the CBD from the wa­ter­front to Aotea Square un­til Oc­to­ber 13.

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