Unique to Derby the ‘Christmas Playground’ will feature giant wooden toy sculptures which will provide a play area for visitors to the city centre seeking a rest from Christmas shopping. Children will be encouraged to climb aboard the giant toys – carved by local wood sculptor Andrew Frost – and let their imagination run wild.
Children are invited to play an active role through workshops at QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, they will be able to get involved in competitions and activities such as ‘Colour the soldier’, ‘Name the bear’ and making wooden decorations for the Christmas tree in The Market Place.
Andrew Frost is the artist or 'chief elf' who has been comissioned to make the wooden toys for the Christmas Playground. He is a Derbyshire based wood sculptor. Previously a fine artist, Countryside Ranger and Forester, Andrew combined his environmental experience with his artistic skills and began creating wood sculptures in 1998 Using sustainable wood, his imagination and carving tools, Andrew has completed a variety of local, national and private commissions. In his website, he writes:
I create organic sculptures using chainsaws.
You will find abandoned trunks transformed into totems and benches,
and wind-blown trees given new life as nature's creatures...