Nancy's Pantry is an extensive collaborative project with Gemma Timms where EEC developed the concept for a restaurant like no other. Aside from good healthy food, children are encouraged to explore the world around them. An extension of EEC's artwork, ''The aim is to encourage new generations to look harder and see more''. Different zones are set up to for children to stop, observe and question what they see, feel, smell and hear. Within the 4000sq ft space are two 17m long shelves to support jars containing the elements of the world. These are accessed for daily experiments and over time children come to understand these elements.
We use nature as a catalyst for for play and exploration. On a daily basis we bring in new elements of the natural world for children to discover, observe and question. Different Zones encourage different methods of discovery. Excerpts from the brochure gives a simplified insight into the zones:
Object Zone Pit, a multi-functional wet space where daily science and nature experiments take place.
Object Zone, Observation and analysis. Artefacts, live organisms, magnifiers and microscopes.
Sensory Zone stimulates awareness and sensory play for those not old enough for experiments yet. Projector Zone for light theatre performance, puppetry, paper cuts and observational play.
Open space for drawing, movement, performance and events