A new installation has been unveiled in Moss Side Community Park, designed to inspire the residents into making decisions about what they want in their local parks.
The installation offers you choices of all five senses, asking what you want to hear, smell, taste, feel, and see when in a park in Moss Side.
Designed by Carma Masson, the Owner of Playground, the structure uses a chip system and asks residents to vote on their favourite smells and sights offered by the structure.
Carma described the initiative as “A playful, interactive way to let the community decide what they want to see.
“The structure asks you what you want to see, want to touch, want to smell, what to feel, and want to taste.
“It is based on a folly. Traditionally, follies were where you would view nature. So the mirror reflects nature.”
The smell portion of the installation has herbs from all over the world, from Lavender and Mint to Curry Plant and Lemon Balm. Carma explained that these plants represent the cultures found in Moss Side.
“We themed the plants around local people and their cultures.”
The sculpture also includes an ‘ideas welcome’ section which was inspired by the children of Moss Side who came out to tell Carma what they wanted while she was building the sculpture with help from Northern Makers, the company who made Carma’s designs a reality.
“The most interesting ideas came from children who came from Moss Side.
“One asked: ‘What about a zipline?’”
As of Tuesday morning, the community wanted more conkers and stones, lavender smells and chirping insects.
Gemal Mekki, 31, a resident of Moss Side was very pleased with the installation and what it meant for the community.
“It’s great. Just to get people out in the parks. If people don’t use them, we won’t have them.”
He had voted for more playspaces, spongy moss and water features to be included in the parks. Gemal believes these are things you don’t get everywhere and would make the parks more unique and would help bring more people outside.
“The more people interested. The better it is.”
Lisa Lingard, Resident and Community Lead at Manchester Climate Change Agency said
“We are really excited to kick off this programme – the first ever climate change campaign in Manchester.”
Lisa believes these projects will help communities to change their thinking about climate change and make a real difference.
“With the help of everyone in the city we’re aiming to unlock the potential of residents and communities to take meaningful action on climate change and create solutions that can go on to be replicated in other communities across the city.
“The next five years is critical in getting the city on track to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 2025.”
These ideas are echoed by Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment, who said:
“We want to make sure that all our residents feel empowered to play their part in tackling climate change, and, however small that contribution might seem, go on to do more.”
“Bringing collaborative projects like this into the heart of our communities just highlights the numerous ways in which we can all contribute to a better and greener environment.”
The project is being led by #InOurNature and is running in Moss Side Community Park until Sunday July 18.