• You can see Noguchi with this model in his Macdougal Alley studio in the photograph illustrating his Contoured Playground of 1941.
  • swings like these were eventually constructed in Piedmont Park in Atlanta as part of a community art project funded by the High Museum of Art.
  • climbing bars in the form of a pyramid.
  • see-saw.
  • basketball hoop and backboard with a wonderful "counterweight" on its back side.
  • climbing spiraling metalwork for climbing.

Noguchi -- playground equipment

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Noguchi's playground equipment designs were criticized on the grounds they were too dangerous. These models were developed as part of a design for a playground to be constructed in Hawaii, but remained unrealized.

Comments regarding Noguchi's playground designs.

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  1. livinginacity 80 months ago | reply

    His work is always sublime. These are beautiful.

  2. Remiss63 80 months ago | reply

    Sekana, harpreet, and livinginacity . . . so glad you like this one. i think it's really wonderful that Noguchi wished to address children in a very direct, physical manner and considered playground equipment to be sculpture and worthy of careful design. his interest in bringing people into contact with the materials of his sculpture is something that's incredibly endearing, authentic, and sensual.

  3. *toune* 80 months ago | reply

    YOU are the master of the shadows!

  4. _barb_ 77 months ago | reply

    they look a lot more interesting than the usual soft curved plastic blobs you see on playgrounds. Love the swing set in particular.

  5. Remiss63 74 months ago | reply

    Artist:
    Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988, sculptor.
    Title:
    Model for Playground Equipment for Ala Moana Park, (sculpture).
    Dates:
    1939-1940.
    Medium:
    Metal.
    Description:
    A model for a set of swings, seesaw and other playground equipment made up of geometric shapes.
    Subject:
    Architecture -- Other -- Playground
    Abstract -- Geometric
    Object Type:
    Model
    Sculpture
    Owner:
    Unlocated.
    Remarks:
    An unrealized design intended for the Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    References:
    Grove, Nancy & Diane Botnick, "The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924-1979," New York: Garland Pub., 1980, no. 167.
    Illustration:
    Grove, Nancy & Diane Botnick, "The Sculpture of Isamu Noguchi, 1924-1979," New York: Garland Pub., 1980, plate 167.

  6. illDesigns 72 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Play Grounds, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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