Can public street furniture evolve through a process
of curated use and incremental adjustments over time? Can public
street furniture be active and allow users to project ideas onto it
making it their own and move away from a generic piece of furniture
that over times becomes increasingly and adjusted inscribed by its
The Granville Cube was the result of the public
art programme that ran alongside the Granville New Homes
Development in South Kilburn in London, between September 2005 and
The Cube is a simple metal frame structure that traveled to
various locations on and around the Granville New Homes area. The
structure performed as a communication and facilitation device on
site that hosted small-scale local events, collected and staged
ideas for the use of the public realm.
Polly Brannan from public works ran a weekly on-site programme
with events ranging from carroll singing to swap shops, flower
planting to creating mega fish tanks.
Ad hoc add-ons can turned the cube structure into an exhibition
space, a small stage, an outdoor screen or a workshop space.