Category: sculpture

The perfect Easter PR stunt – a giant chocolate bar, based on a 48 sheet poster site, measuring six metres wide by three metres high, was installed for one day only at London’s Truman Brewery for Easter 2016 as part of the brewer’s “If Carlsberg did…” campaign.

Experiential event - Carlsberg Chocolate Bar - site build

Nearly half a tonne of chocolate was used to construct this giant edible experiential bar, which we produced working with our client Blackjack Promotions.

We pride ourselves on turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and by creating a world-first chocolate bar, we feel that we’ve done just that.” said Dharmesh Rana, Senior Brand Manager at Carlsberg UK.

Experiential event - Carlsberg Chocolate Bar - reveal

The experiential, edible bar was constructed from timber and MDF, covered in finest Belgian chocolate and fixed to the wall of the Truman Brewery.  It replicated a traditional British pub with features including a chocolate dartboard and fully functioning beer pump.

Carlsberg unwrapped the foil on the front of their bar in the perfect PR stunt, to unveil a two-metre-deep pop-up experiential edible bar, which we installed ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Experiential event - Carlsberg Chocolate Bar

The bar opened to members of the public, who could step inside and help themselves to a pint of Carlsberg served in a chocolate glass.

Over a 3 week production period, we created the pop-up bill board, pub set ready for the chocolatier to work her magic.

The British public love beer and chocolate, so we’re delighted to be part of the team to bring them together to create probably the best bar there could be!

Quirky, towering and the perfect sophisticated selfie setting.  A wild card in its own playground, our Giant House of Cards just joined the party at the Jesus College, Cambridge May Ball 2015! (more…)

Our client has just unwrapped our latest giant prop – a 3m high shopping bag – at Foyles book store in London. (more…)

A Short Flickbook showing the team as they install this window display, including various props and other elements, including the stunning 3D printed silver geese, into one of the prime location windows @ Selfridges, London (more…)

We are currently creating props for a client to go into one of the key windows at Selfridges, London


We have created this experiential stand for marketing agency SMP

Bavaria - Experiential Stand - County Shows

See it at the clacton air show until tonight.

Press one of the buttons on each side and expect the unexpected to appear through one of the “hidden” panels in the wall!

Here is a photo of the bases & internal lighting of our smart, lit plinths that we are producing for a music industry party next week.

WIP - Internally Lit Plinths

BDP’s Manchester studio partnered with the Manchester International Festival (MIF) to design Music Boxes – a musical playground designed for children aged 6 months to 7 years.
shipping containers - experiential music boxes

BDP’s Manchester Chairman  Gavin Elliott and Design Associate Jasper Sanders designed a mini city  of shipping containers which were constructed at MediaCityUK in Salford  Quays, the new home of Children’s BBC in the UK.

The 78 steel  units were stacked up to three high in an irregular pattern, eschewing  the traditional logic of containers in linear rows to create an  elliptical, enveloping shape.

This layout was developed  deliberately by BDP to evoke the natural geometry and symmetry of sound,  the serrated planes of spaces that receive and reflect sound, and the  sculptural form making of minimalist artists such as Donald Judd and  Richard Serra.
Other features evocative of shipping incorporated into  BDP’s design concept include a sail-like canopy, formed from wire  rigging and truck tarpaulins, suspended over the central area, in  addition to giant, stencilled, super-graphic signage panels affixed to  the ends of the containers.
Gavin Elliot said of the project: “We’re  delighted to have worked with MIF on such a playful and creative project  which will resonate both literally and figuratively within its  surroundings.
“We’ve sought to ensure that the design captures  the spirit of the shipping container as the ubiquitous tool of world  trade and a true 20th Century icon.
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“We also wanted to reflect  both the industrial heritage of Salford Quays and the next chapter of  its regeneration, which will see working docks return to the area some  thirty years after the last ones closed.”
Festival Director Alex  Poots said of Music Boxes: ““We’re committed to making high quality work  for children, an area which can often be undervalued. We’re pleased to  be collaborating with these fantastic artists, the BBC, Salford City  Council and BDP on such an exciting, ambitious project.”
Once  installed  some containers became miniature performance spaces, some  were specially customised recording and animation studios, while others  were kitted out as interactive installations allowing the very young to  explore a fantastical world of sound and music.

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To create  the Music Box installation, BDP worked closely with curator Rachel  Clare of Crying Out Loud and George Woolley of Universal Containers.  Music Boxes workshops and sessions for children ran throughout the 2011  Manchester International Festival  (30 June to 17 July.)
Installation concept and design by BDP.

Music  Boxes is commissioned by MIF Creative, BBC, Salford City Council and  Abu Dhabi Festival, produced by Manchester International Festival and  CBeebies, and supported by the Association of Greater Manchester  Authorities (AGMA).

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We love this – The worlds largest animation created by Aardman using a Nokia N8

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And here’s how it was made – a masterpiece of timelapse photography!

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