London Pleasure Gardens
The London Pleasure Gardens set out to transform a derelict wasteland into a cultural playground for the 2012 Games. Deborah’s creative vision, the transformation of the derelict, ex-industrial Pontoon Dock into a pleasure garden featuring round-the-clock music, arts, cafés and bars won the Meanwhile London Creative Competition by the Mayor of London.
As the Creative Director of the project Debs oversaw the artistic aspects, designing the venues and managing an large design and build team whilst working closely with numerous renowned East London and international artists. Attractions included landscaped walkways, a wilderness meadow, RIBA-designed follies, street art by Shepard Fairey, RISK, Ron English and others graffiti legends, an oyster and champagne bar, two permanent music/arts venues, the 'harbour garden' installation made in collaboration with local community groups, and Silo D, a listed building with a purpose-built earthwork in front of it to accommodate audiences for projections, pyrotechnics shows and other events.
The extensive site build included two large custom built venues, Grade II listed buildings, a grassy amphitheater, wild meadow walks and design trails. Events scheduled over the summer included firework displays, music festivals and promenade performances.
This incredible physical and artistic regeneration was only open for a very brief time. The site remains fully remediated and available for public use for the first time in over 60 years.