On a walk through Dublin City, you might be hard-pressed to find somewhere to rest your weary legs. A new social initiative created for and with the local community of Spencer Dock not only provides a comfortable seat but one that is also visually exciting and fun.


Zig Zag at Spencer Dock is a gathering space created by A Playful City; a not-for-profit focused on making Dublin a more playful and child-friendly place. Designed by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design and Assistant Head at the Dublin School of Creative Arts in DIT, Zig Zag is a bright public gathering space on a green area running alongside Spencer Dock.

Zig-zagged in shape, the structure features a blue platform with brightly patterned decals making it an inviting hang-out area for young and old to meet and people watch. The graphics were designed by Con Kennedy, Visual Communication Lecturer in the Dublin School of Creative Arts while the Creative Directors of A Playful City, Marisa Denker and Naomi Murphy, are graduates of the School’s MA in Design Practice.

Zig Zag will stay in Spencer Dock for the next month or two, so if you’re in the area pop over and take a seat!