This is a nice idea - shame it's only going to be open for one day. To celebrate the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (ROTPOTA to fans), the film company is opening a pop-up 'Ape Playground' in Potters Fields (scene of David Blaine's Above the Below) today. People can go along and have a swing on the bars. No apes will be in attendance.
"As Fox releases the film on Blu-ray and DVD, Potters Field on Dec 12 will become host to an ape playground for humans to explore, based on the primate sanctuary that Ceasar & co. inhabited in the film.
Research released in conjunction with the film says that modern society is keeping people too sedentary and inactive (duh, pass the mince pies!) and that embracing our biological ancestors movements would be healthier.
“There is an ape inside all of us,” says Barry Bogin, Professor of Biological Anthropology of Loughborough University. “We have similar biological bodies as apes but we’re not using them in the way we should. We are built to swing, move around and be physically active outdoors like apes, but the modern world works against us…Sports and exercises are too structured, increasingly indoors and participants have to wait their turn, when naturally we are just meant to go out and embrace our surroundings, like apes.
MovNat exercise guru Erwan Le Corre will be on hand for demonstrations and Londoners can relieve pre-holiday stress by swinging, climbing, jumping, carrying and balancing."
When - Monday 12th December
Where - Potter's Fields, Tooley Street/The Queens Walk, Southwark, London, SE1 2AA, SE14 5JN
Link - Article