This Pop up Parks 'Block' at the Barbican in London is a multi-textured, multi-coloured installation designed to be the perfect playful compliment to the iconic Barbican foyers. The project brings together a myriad of large material samples that create a sensory extravaganza when unpacked or stacked up into a sculptural freestanding cube when not in use. Aimed particularly at under five year olds and their families, the general public are invited to play, build, explore and invent during a series of open facilitated workshops connecting to all areas arts and culture at the Barbican Centre.


Barbican Blocks was commissioned by The Barbican Centre, Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. The Centre were interested in reaching out to new audiences particularly to parents and carers and their children aged under five (early years). 

Comprised of a variety of different textured blocks, the materials can be used to create temporary movable play trails and games which will twist and weave around the Barbican main foyers and outside spaces. At the heart of the project lies the importance of child-led play and the co-design of space. With this interactive kit the Barbican’s youngest visitors are encouraged to be inventive explorers, curating their own experience. It provides the inspiration for games and activities but does not define what they are or could become.

Barbican Blocks provides stimulation for learning, an important part of early years development, and connects specifically to a number of England's Early Years Foundation stage milestones. But this is not just for children, through carefully chosen materials and considered aesthetic design choices, Barbican Blocks appeals to a wide cross section of the public.

Visit Barbican Blocks in London.