Hip Hip for Playgrounds!

Some HAPPY news have just reached us! The Playground Project exhibition that we featured here and currently at Zurich's Museum of Artis coming to the UK! It will open on July 15th at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead). To celebrate, here are some of our favourite playgrounds around the world. 

Silver Towers Playground (New York, USA) 

Just off New York’s 42nd Street, Brooklyn-based sculptor Tom Otterness has created a playground filled with whimsical bronze sculptures. Much more than a sculpture though is Otternes’ 24.5 foot tall character, who has climbing frames for arms and slides for legs!

The Globe (Aarus, Denmark)

Here is a new favourite from Danish design studio Monstrum, the creative people behind many beautiful and unique playgrounds, aiming to inspire the imaginations of both children and adults. Their latest playground, The Globe, is a play area with a library in the middle of it! Pure genius!

The Twisted Playground (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Monstrum have created SO many brilliant playgrounds, and we couldn’t resist another mention. In The Twisted Playground at Brumlebyen Monstrum have created a surreal playspace that turns the historical town of Brumlebyen (Denmark) topsy turvy!

The Brutalist Playground (Aberdeen, UK)

The Brutalist Playground, designed by the architecture collective Assemble, celebrates the disappearing landscape of the concrete, British post-war playgrounds. The concept began as an installation of abstract playgrounds at RIBA last year and we are thrilled to hear that it will be touring across the UK during this spring and summer! Catch it at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen (27 April to 29 May) or at S1 Artspace in Sheffield (17 June to 10 September). 

The Pod Playground (Canberra, Australia)

Sitting at the top of a giant arboretum filled with endangered trees, The Pod Playground is world made of giant acorns nest swings and banksia pods, that encourages kids to climb, explore nature and have fun.

The City Museum (St. Louis, Missouri)

This completely crazy but wonderful museum/playground includes a jungle gym made of airplanes, two 10 story slides, some multi story slides and a rooftop Ferris Wheel. Wow!

Next Anorak project: make playgrounds! 

By Helen Longstreth.