While the weather seems to be cooling down, there is still no reason why kids should not be frolicking around when in the capital. Therefore, if you are at the Southbank Centre over the next few weeks, be sure to check out the Appearing Rooms sculpture.
This magnificent fountain is a masterpiece by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, who is famous for combining architecture with technology to play with ideas of perception, vision and participation. This aquatic work had originally been commissioned for the garden of the Villa Manin in Italy, but when it captured the imagination of the world, it was first erected at the Southbank Centre in the summer of 2007. It has since returned every year (bar 2012 when the London Olympics was hosted), and it is still as awe-inspiring as ever.
You will be able to find this behemoth outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and you won’t believe your eyes when you first see it. These walls of water continue to rise and fall randomly so that a series of ‘rooms’ are constantly changing. Therefore, if you want to walk through this structure, you will need to examine the patterns and act swiftly if you don’t want to get wet. Or you could turn back to the child inside you and just get as soaked as possible.
While here, you might as well make a real day of it at the Southbank Centre. You can enjoy the Festival of Love urban beach. where you can chill and feel like you have been transported to golden sands in Spain, while the Sliding Gate giant slides are sure to keep the kids entertained.
So to have a fantastic day out with the kids, book into a London hotel and head down to the Southbank Centre – Appearing Rooms will be open to the public until September 7th.