Of all the amazing things to do in London, this bronze head has probably given my kids the most fun over the years.
It's by Eduardo Paolozzi, it's called the Head of Invention and it's outside the Design Museum.
They've played on it for years. Sometimes they climb up as the adults are having lunch watching from a table nearby, sometimes they just quickly hop on and off as the adults walk past.
It's the perfect size, shape and construction for climbing on. It can be a mountain, a base, an aircraft, a spaceship or just a "home".
What's odd is that there are no passive agressive Do Not Climb or Do Not Touch signs on it or near it. Not once has someone is a hi-vis vest told them to get off. It perfectly follows Davies's 3rd law "if you make something that looks incredibly climbable, you shouldn't be allowed to say people can't climb it... especially if it's an entirely decorative thing. You should either make something actually climbable, or something that doesn't look climbable."
Unlike this at the velodrome.
I've never seen anyone fall off the bronze head and the (presumably valuable) sculpture isn't noticeably damaged in any way.
A few weeks ago we held an event called Play With Design at the V&A Museum of Childhood as part of the London Design Festival. Bit more on the background here. A small event all about design and computer games. The point of the event was to show kids that if you like drawing and you like computer games, you could be a games designer.
In the main hall you could see sketches of famous games and draw your own character and downstairs you could make your own computer game using Scratch Jr. We had 40 kids doing workshops and the stack up character cups got higher than the kids. I'm not sure of visitor numbers, but it was busy all day. MakieLab even brought along a 3D printer.
It was fun. Hopefully we'll do it again next year.