Students studying Fine Art at The Hull School of Art and Design have been invited to a Wildlife Park close to the heart of the city. The students want to see if they can make a uninhabited part of the wildlife garden entertaining for people to enjoy during the summer period.
The wildlife park is located in Pearson Park, Princess Avenue, Pearson Park happens to be the first public park opened in Hull.
The visitors at the wildlife park describe Hull as a prestigious city, particularly when wildlife is involved. The students believe that they can bring the garden to life again.
The Wildlife Park is a host to families of creepy crawlies; flowers that are getting ready to bloom and a whole range of activities aimed at families, specifically children.
Harriet Linfoot, employee at The Wildlife Park has expressed her excitement about the parks potential and can’t wait to see what the students think can be done with the space currently vacant there.
Harriet says, “The new curriculum, which will run through the summer, has a lot about exploration, outdoors, wildlife and even simple things such as seasonal changes.
Considering that this wildlife garden is in the middle of the city, it is probably under used. We want to find new ways to encourage people to come to the site, and really experience the site”
The project that has been handed to the Fine Art students is to see if they can help to regenerate a deserted area using their individual ideas. They explored the park to come up with what they think will ‘revitalize it’
One Hull student, Ryan Tuton reminisces about their child hood experiences of the park “The last time I was here I was quite young, so I can easily relate back to my childhood. Seeing the animals, seeing the plants and how I interacted with them growing up, and how could I improve the place. I’ve always been very arty so it’s quite easy to say oh, we could have a mosaic out here or we could have some mini sculptures in the trees.”
Another student, Shauna Marshall thinks that the park needs to incorporate the adults into the fun to. “They have got herbs growing which people are allowed to harvest for themselves, so mainly for the adults more than the kids but, if they had tickets in the ground, like a trail which have recipes on that they can use the herbs in. That might be quite a nice idea.”
During the summer there are workshops running from the middle of April until the end of June, for the public to explore.
The student’s projects to enhance the garden will be completed by June ; the Wildlife Park, although open all year round, is highlighted best when nature peaks in the summer, which is when their completed projects will be in full effect.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0AEbfxnNGU extended version of video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZml8ynFNGs short version without piece to camera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p5hQfCwGug short version with piece to camera