Fandangoe Skip Ice Cream Kiosk / CAUKIN Studio + Fandangoe Kid + SKIP Gallery
Text description provided by the architects. Fandangoe Kid, SKIP Gallery and CAUKIN Studio have launched a candy-colored ice cream kiosk “Fandangoe SKIP” to support mental health. A candy-colored ice cream stand will appear in London this summer, starting in the Greenwich Peninsula and continuing all the way to Canary Wharf. The installation hosts free mental health workshops along with delicious scoops of ice cream made by the “A Portugal Love Affair”. The project then moves to New York City, after commissioning the BBC World Service to document Fandangoe Kid’s work.
“Fandangoe SKIP seeks to connect with audiences on many levels, offering ice cream as an ageless and layerless platform for instant sharing in a non-stressed environment…This installation means a lot to me, it’s something I’ve been working towards for most of my practice, and I know Directly how important it is to have responsible outlets for nurturing and maintaining our individual and collective mental health…” – Child of Fandangoe
This outstanding kiosk was created in collaboration with CAUKIN Studio, a social enterprise that creates impact through architecture. The studio combined Fandango’s signature visual style – graphics, patterns and colorful text, with a functional and striking architectural design. Working and playing with the shape and dimensions of the skip, CAUKIN mirrors the design for the floating canopy, taking the advantage of the heavier weight visually and reconfiguring it with lightweight wood, allowing for the addition of creative openings, foldable niches, and doors. For public workshops, they have built-in seating to the outside, focusing on the center of the stage – while for individual sessions, the entire structure can be folded down to create the desired level of privacy.
SKIP Gallery has a reputation for its punk spirit and has appeared in unexpected places through collaborations with leading contemporary artists including the likes of Gavin Turk, Richard Woods and David Shrigley. Fandangoe Kid is a print artist who makes large-scale, narrative-driven pieces for the public domain. Her work seeks to break down taboos related to mental health, grief, loss, trauma, and gender constructs.
Fandango’s work is based on her own story after the loss of her family members in 2011. Her practice was inspired by the desire to create a platform for open dialogue on the still taboo topic of grief. She described her family as a “melting pot of big characters” who had always been interested in “telling big visual stories”. She believes that “everyone just wants to connect” and has received overwhelming feedback from the public, she wants the installation to provide a space for people to share their stories, and to break down the stigmas associated with loss and grief.
The Loss Project coordinates diverse, free mental health workshops that carefully study and explore the complexities of mental health, grief and loss as well as help people explore their experiences through shared communication and creativity.