Everyone knows that Kingston upon Thames has been home to a bustling market for centuries, dating back over 800 years. But perhaps you didn’t know that nestling between the florist and the fishmonger, the baker and the butcher, there’s an altogether stranger world, where nothing is quite as it seems.
Because mischievous sprites and mythical creatures — and even the odd monster — also come from far and wide to trade their wondrous wares. Our town centre has, for centuries, been the number one destination to barter with a Big Foot, pick up a potion, or trade-in your troll for the latest model...
Usually beyond the sight of us mere mortals, soon we’ll be be able see this enchanted bazaar using the techno-sorcery of augmented reality.
But we need your help. We need YOU to design a market trader — from the mythical to the monstrous — for everyone in Kingston upon Thames to meet.
Who do you think we might find in the magical market? Remember, they wouldn’t need to hide away in the Magical Market of Kingston Town if they looked like us, or were selling something we could buy in a regular shop. We want you to really stretch your imagination and create something truly special.
So what might they be selling? Perhaps something you can’t touch: like a dream, a spell, an emotion or an idea. What packaging might it come in? And how does it smell, taste or sound?
We’ll be choosing the twelve most imaginative designs and bringing them to life as animated characters in an augmented reality trail around Kingston town centre that you can experience with your friends and family. We can’t wait to see your designs!
The competition is open to all children and young people upto the age of 16 living or attending school in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. To be considered, entries must be received by 18:00 GMT on 16 November 2020