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Endangered species: playground design and childhood | Part I

Endangered species: playground design and childhood | Part I
.’.. Municiple playgrounds are often as bleak as barrack squares and just as boring. You are not allowed to build a fire, you would head straight for juvenile court if you started to dig up the expensive tarmac to make a cave, there are no bricks or planks to build a house, no workshops for carpentry, mechanical work, painting or modelling and of course, no trees to climb...’ – Lady Allen critics on playgrounds design . 

  We have started placing playgrounds in a contemporary art galleries. I wonder how long it is going take for the museum to be built so we could bring our children to see what childhood was about. We often complain that todays’ children are growing up and getting mature faster, but who to blame if they are spending more and more of their time surrounded by adults. 

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5 pieces : childhood museum art fair and capitalism

5 pieces :   childhood museum art fair and capitalism

 

Carsten Holler 'Upside down mushroom room'/Photo via: tumbly wumblies

‘doubt'

We pass the tunnel of flashing lights and enter the labyrinth of darkness- the ‘corridors of decisions'. Here i find children who collaborate with an echo to give me- a proper adult a fright. i undoubtedly and certainly unfairly make a decision to use my grown-up power: I put on the phone light to scare them away.

 

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