playground crochet, cont’d

This is a play sculpture by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam of NetPlayWorks. It’s crocheted. She calls her works “Public Art for Kids.” Here’s some background, lifted from her site:

The genesis of these structures is Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s explorations as a textile artist  and researcher dating back to the 1970s. The first public project, however, was for a national park in southern Japan in 1979.  This was followed by  a commission from an art museum in Japan for a sculpture children could not just look at  but touch, play with and experience through all their five senses.

“a sculpture children could not just look at but touch, play with and experience through all their five senses.” What a gift for the children who get to experience it – bringing art to children, and children to art.

But are these works of art really durable enough to withstand the unbridled enthusiasm of children at play? Glad you asked. Again I quote from their site:

“The structures are strong as well as beautiful utilizing specially constructed net which is resilient and responsive to the slightest movement. Their innovative design allows tension to be maintained as the fibre stretches thereby enabling children to play safely. Each project is engineered by Norihide Imagawa, one of Japan’s pre-eminent structural designers.”

So it’s art and science. At the service of children. Let’s, for the fun of it, decide that corporations and governments will be providing funds aplenty for the installation of this kind of public art-science-playwork wherever there are spaces with room enough to play – in parks, schools, museums, hospitals, shopping malls, libraries. O, do lets.

There’s a clip on their site, showing one of their play sculptures in action. I embed it here for your further delight.

via Playscapes


  1. Shelly Immel on June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Texture, color, art, science, funkiness, and PLAY. So many of my favorite things, all in one place!

  2. Lily on June 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the ball swings! I’m glad you posted the video because I wasn’t sure what they were from the picture. I was a little worried about children falling through the hole in the net, if they were up high, but then I realized, they would just land on net. Circuses have been using nets for generations, why not play places?

    Love and laughter,

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