Giant chess set for Sydenham

00:43, Nov 25 2011
A giant chess set opens tonight in Sydenham.
GAME ON: A giant chess set opens tonight in Sydenham.

Those missing Cathedral Square's beloved giant chess set will have the chance to play open-air battles once again.

An oversized chess set has been laid on a vacant site on Colombo St in Sydenham and opens tonight.

A group of students from Canterbury University and an urban regeneration group, Gap Filler, are behind the initiative.

The students wanted to create a new giant chessboard for the city because the former board has been locked within the central city cordon for months.

Gap Filler co-founder Coralie Winn said the chess set would bring "some much needed activity to one of the many vacant sites in Sydenham".

The chess pieces will be locked in a chest on site and the key is able to be signed out at The Honey Pot Cafe, next to the board.

It is free to play.


The Press