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An artist is bringing a bouncy castle to London. And yes, you can jump on it

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Eddy Frankel

Bouncy castles aren't always just good fun, sometimes they're very, very serious indeed. Just look at artist Pilvi Takala's 'Five Star Bouncy House': it's a jump mansion with a point, and she's bringing it to Battersea Park's brilliant Pump House Gallery next week.

The inflatable hop castle came out of a 2013 project by the Istanbul-based artist, where she gave a group of children in a youth centre in Bow £7,000 and told them to spend it however they wanted. The kids decided to create a bouncy castle, which they could rent out and use to generate income for their youth centre. Takala created a documentary about the process, which will be screened in the Pump House Gallery itself, but you're not here for art, or to understand the plight of impoverished east end kids. No, you're here for the bouncy castle, and yes, they will be pumping it up (ha, the Pump House!) on the weekends, weather permitting, and you'll be able to bounce until you can't bounce anymore.

Pilvi Takala is on at The Pump House Gallery, Jan 11–Mar 27. 

Remember when there was a giant bouncy castle on the South Bank?

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