The Forgotten Island brings children's events to banks of River Clyde

The Forgotten Island brings children's events to banks of River Clyde

Massive structure in Glasgow contains Labyrinth, Sound Forest and beach

For ten weeks it will be a magical place filled with possibility. Then, just as quickly as it arrived, The Forgotten Island will disappear from its temporary residence on the banks of the River Clyde and find another place to call home.

A massive structure spanning 5,500m2, the Island is being facilitated by children’s art organisation Giant, who have a number of exciting – but very secret – plans for it. ‘There will be a programme of different things happening and you’ll start to see changes in the Island as it grows,’ explains Giant’s executive director, Karen Shaw. ‘It will be really exciting to see how it develops over the ten weeks, and the impact the people who come to the Island have on it.’

Visitors can explore the Island at their leisure, including a beautiful labyrinth, sound forest, sensory areas and picnic lawn. Most importantly of all, the Island is there for families to discover together. ‘It’s about the interaction between adults and kids,’ says Shaw. ‘It’s not that kids come along and do things while the adults stand there and watch – they can play on the beach, too.’

Part of Giant’s remit was to find a team of artists, gardeners and designers who could help bring the Island alive. ‘We were looking for people who could respond to the themes of the island,’ says Shaw, ‘which were around sustainability, recycling, being low-fi – and the challenge of working outside in Scotland in the summer.’

Ah yes, the Scottish summer – an unpredictable and often damp affair. But as Shaw says, The Forgotten Island is a place for discovery, come rain or shine: ‘It’s an outdoor experience, so we’re encouraging people to come with their cagoules and get stuck in – whatever the weather.’

Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow, Sat 2 Jul–Sun 18 Sep

The Forgotten Island

A mystery travelling island lands in Glasgow just in time for the summer holidays, and it needs some intrepid explorers to discover its many treasures, as well as helping plant flowers and plants to keep it blooming.

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