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A bouncy house that breaks wind

Emdash Award winner lets East End kids’ imaginations run free

The children had £7,000 to spend with no strings attached

When the young Finnish artist Pilvi Takala won the Emdash Award and decided to give most of the money—around £7,000—to a group of ordinary children from east London to spend as they wished for her Frieze Project The Committee, some had their doubts. But Takala’s faith in the group’s creativity has been repaid. After weeks of deliberations, the children announced on Friday that they will use the money to design a “five-star bouncy house”. The “cooler-than-any-other bouncy house” will include a toilet that breaks wind when you jump on it and a wall made of velcro that people wearing velcro suits can latch onto. The children want to launch the house in east London’s Victoria Park and then rent it out to raise funds for their East Side Youth Club and for charities that benefit causes such as cancer research. Takala says they have “created something completely new with many possibilities”. On hearing about the inflatable house, one young mother told us: “My kids would love that more than sweets.”

Emdash winner Pilvi Takala
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