This is a tiny game that we made:
It’s one of ten tiny games that have been stuck to the ground around the Southbank. It’s two sentences long. Part of the reason it’s so short is that it’s site-specific: designed to be played on a piece of ground with big square pavers, like the space you can see here near the Hayward Gallery. When the playing field is right in front of you, the rules can be a little more succinct.
This is another tiny game:
And this is another one:
The games don’t need any equipment, or preparation; you just need to find them, and read them, and try them out.
We spent a day wandering around the site, looking at all the stuff, all the places to run or jump or peer, and this is what came out of it: these three-line invitations to play, turned by the Southbank into these lovely half-hidden vinyls, fixed to the actual architecture of the site until 4 September.
I’m so excited about this project – I’ve rarely been as pleased by anything as I was by walking along the riverside on Friday, looking up to a balcony above, and seeing a family playing People Poohsticks. I’m not going to tell you any of the rules, though (you can have two more titles: Chessy Chase and I’m, like, obsessed with lemon muffins). If you want to play, you’ll have to go to the Southbank and find them.