As the Worm Turns

Just look into a child’s eyes as they happen upon a wriggling worm. Before scooping it up, they watch as it bends, turns, twists its glistening annulated skin through crumbling earth. There is wonderment at play seeing this movement, the peek-a-boo tunneling, the coiling retreat.

Lozziwurm - Regensdorf - fur kinderSource: architektur fur kinder

Behold the Lozziworm conceived and designed by Swiss sculptor Yvan ‘Lozzi’ Pestalozzi. First introduced in the 1970s, there are somewhere in the vicinity of 110 spread out across Europe in parks, playgrounds and schoolyards.

Lozziwurm - fur kinderSource: architektur fur kinder

Thanks to PlayGroundology reader Cynthia Henry who shared the news that a Lozziworm is on its way to Pittsburgh, USA to be an outside beacon for the 2013 Carnegie International. A Carnegie spokesperson told PlayGroundology that there’s “a play structure because the International this year features works by artists that deal with play, both in the traditional sense of being playful, but also in the sense that play is the wellspring of creativity and making–many of them play with very serious ideas, or turn history upside down.”

The Carnegie’s Lozziworm is scheduled to be in place for play by late April. The ground is being prepared now. A profile view will look something like this.

lozziwurm_baselCourtesy Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Before signing off, take stock of Lozzi’s credo, they could be words to live by.

Think like a mature human being – enjoy life like a child.

We’ll be in touch with the Carnegie next month to get more info on the playground related exhibits during this year’s edition of the International.

Oh, you might be wondering what does one do with a Lozziworm? Crawl, climb, jump, squeeze through the dark interior, reconfigure the shape and of course endless games from the imagination.

7 responses to “As the Worm Turns

  1. Reblogged this on The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and commented:
    More information on the new play structure being installed outside of the Carnegie Museum of Art these days🙂

    • Thanks for the reblog. If you go down to visit the installation, I would love to run a little video on my PlayGroundology FB Page. Keep me in mind. Cheers, Alex

  2. For sure, I would love to see the Museums response to this structure a week or two after it has been installed, especially if they put it on a hard surface like the photo suggests. Here is what most probably will happen, no, for sure what will happen. First, they will find they have to provide several monitors at all times to control the flow of children inside the tubes for both direction volume and certain confrontations between children and even parents.. They will probably need to cut out a lot more holes in the tubes for both light, egress opportunities, especially when children get trapped or start to freakout and yell in panic, also for air movement and oven like temperatures inside when the weather gets really warm. Will need to provide a method to clean up after rain showers, children who get sick or have accidents, plus an unplaned for and expensive canopy to control the weather. As for the outside surface that kids will climb on, probably it’s best feature besides the esthetics, a good cleaner to take off the countless shoe marks and possible graffity both inside and out if not in a secure location. Then in a couple of years, if this piece is still in place and not roped off, the problem of the bright plastic colors fading. Truely, with some modifications and indoor placement this piece might have a chance , but out doors and not supervised at all times, not a chance in the world, in the USA anyway.

    • Bob, thanks for your comments. I’m a glass half full guy. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all rolls out. I know I’d like my kids to be able to give it a whirl. I’d like to give it a try myself. Cheers, hope you’ll be back for more PlayGroundology.

    • Bob, Thanks for your comments. I’m a glass half full guy. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this rolls out. I know I’d like my kids to be able to give it a whirl. In fact, I’d like to give it a try too. Hope you’ll be back for more PlayGroundology. Cheers, Alex

  3. Gabriela Burkhalter

    We did many more holes in the Carnegie-wurm, a soft ground and the best: parents usually do not go in, so no monitors needed! Kids have a lot of fun and so do we. Check it out! cheers, gabriela

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