We’ve all seen a unique-looking playground or two, but you may never have seen a playground that is also known as a work of art. This month, we’re bringing you our top five picks in playgrounds designed by artists from around the world.
Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam
This beautiful installation was at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art, but unlike most artwork found in museums, this one was meant for you to interact with it. MacAdam actually hand-crocheted this rainbow nest for anyone to enter, climb and jump on.
Shifting Sand Land
This playground system was designed with inspiration from the desert level in Super Mario Brothers. What child doesn’t want to experience his video game in real life? The system includes 25 “islands” that range in size, with some large enough for several children to balance on with each other.
“Squeaky Clean” is an interactive public sculpture found in a popular community park in London. It is a part of a series of artwork known as the Frieze Projects East, which was in conjunction with the London 2012 Festival.
Silver Towers Playground
New York City
This bronze sculpture is just one of Otterness’ brass installations all across Manhattan. This particular sculpture (nicknamed “Big Head”) stands 24.5-feet tall and is 30-feet long with slides for legs.
Parque Gulliver and was created by Martin along with architect Rafael Rivera and designer Josep Vincent “Sento” Llobell Bisbal, and was inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The playground is designed like Gulliver’s body and it gives children the unique opportunity to climb a giant.