I love to see joyful kids at play immortalized in public art. The frozen in time playfulness in sculpted forms can put a spring in our steps and a smile on our faces like this barefoot piggy back race.
Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo Credit – Choo Yut Shing. License – CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
Sifting through the flickr world of images, it seems that sculptures of playing kids are particularly popular in the United States. In the Sculpture of Play flickr gallery, public art from Bangladesh, Japan, Italy and Canada is also represented.
Dendermonde, Belgium. Photo credit – egonwegh. License – CC BY-NC 2.0.
I like to imagine that these posed stances are momentarily released from their immobility each time a child plays in their vicinity or an adult pauses to wistfully reminisce about days of play in years gone by.
Hats off to flickr photographers who allow others to curate and share their work. Click Sculptures of Play for the lightbox version of the gallery.
I have yet to come across any public art depicting play in my hometown of Halifax, Canada. I have been wondering though if, in communities that have commissioned art that depicts play, there is a corresponding commitment to providing public play spaces.
If you have any photos of public art depicting play, drop us a line and we’ll post to PlayGroundoloy FB.