Tasked with giving the local community a new perspective on how to explore Kingston town centre, we chose to reinvent the Kingston coat of arms and surround it with a fairy tale, giving it an element of wonder and play. Our main demographic is children, as we believe that they can make the fairy tale become a reality.
Because of his golden scales, the fish is different from everyone else. This gets him down and he isolates himself. The elder fish, fed up with the nightly crying, grants the fish legs and sends him on a quest to find a rainbow before sunrise, so his wish to be liked by everyone would be fulfilled.
As you follow the fish, you will meet other animals. A fox, pigeon and squirrel, all telling their own story. These stories are hidden throughout Kingston and can be found on our map that would be picked up from volunteering public locations and is designed for the explorers to draw their own path.
We found it important to maximise access to the story for people with digital literacy and those who prefer the physicality of paper.
What exactly has the fish learned that gave him the confidence to return, forgetting about the rainbow, and taking things into his own ha- fins to encourage the scared little fish?
The explorer will be able to take away a message of their own interpretation, involving kindness and openness to others.
Unbeknownst to the fish, a rainbow can’t be seen at night anyway. This was the elder fish’s plan to help the fish learn from talking to others and find confidence on his own.
To aid the whimsical atmosphere, there will also be little figures around the locations to point the way. Our story will encourage children, families as well as any other explorers to look at Kingston differently, making the journey become the goal, and introducing the joy of being in the moment and discovery.
The Golden Fish is an interactive fairytale by Sunyoung Lee, Juyeon Choi and Lucius Strauss. It brings a new whimsical perspective to Kingston town centre.