Canonbury SchoolLight carpets

Interactive lighting grids fan out over the playground


Playground lighting grids are interactive and can be manipulated by children stepping on pressure pads or programming the grids via computer. The surface of the playground is altered to become a landscape based on the idea of hills, valleys and mountains creating opportunities for play and climbing.

The school is on the busy roundabout of Highbury Corner – the playground is a highly visible site to be enjoyed by many passers by, not only the schoolchildren. This urban public artwork was created by a collaborative partnership of KLA and lighting artist Ron Haselden.

The project also involved the Leonard Cheshire Foundation in Islington – this design would give their clients, disabled young people, control over their environment.

Sheffield, UK


Canonbury School


Ron Haselden

Arts Coordinator

Siw Thomas


1997 Art for Architecture Award Winner

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Interactive lighting grids fan out over the playground


Kinnear Landscape Architects
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