Category Archives: Flickr

Sculpting Play – Freezing Time

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.

7052421545_6960279ddd_cSingapore 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.

5635549014_f5008d4b6a_zDendermonde, 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.

Play Faces

Kids look awesome when they’re playing, having fun. The movements, gestures and sounds are a universal language. Here are a few photos to share through the generosity of flickr members who use Creative Commons licenses for their work. I hope you’ll enjoy these faces of play.

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Happy Face – Playing in the Fields; Photo credit – Joseph Andie R Lamug; Source; Creative Commons .
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Child Play – Madagascar, child playing with a automobile made of carrot and other vegetables; Photo credit – Michele Molinari; Source; Creative Commons.

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On the Run – Bangalore, India; Photo credit- Syed Nabil Aljunid; Source; Creative Commons.

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Just having fun… – Guizhou, China; Photo credit – Sung Ming Whang; Source; Creative Commons

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Superman and friends playing with bubbles – Seattle, USA; Photo credit – wonderlane; Source; Creative Commons

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Boys Playing Stickball, Havana, Cuba, 1999; Photo credit – Cliff; Source; Creative Commons.

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Playing; Photo credit – Michel Di Feliciantonio; Source; Creative Commons.

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J.O.Y. B.O.Y.; Photo credit – Vinoth Chandar; Source; Creative Commons.

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Woooo…; Photo credit – Mads Bødker; Source; Creative Commons.

Share a play face or two, or three within your social networks. Grab one from here – they all have creative commons licenses – or take one of your own images and share it around. Play faces are infectious, they make people smile.

Flickr Swings

This is a companion post to The Unbearable Lightness of Swinging. Click through here to a curated flickr gallery of 18 swing photos from around the world including an Independence Day themed shot for our American readers.

Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia – Canada Day, July 1, 2012

Do you have a favourite photo of swings? Post it on PlayGroundology’s Facebook page.

Ciad Mile Failte – 100,000 Welcomes from Canada’s Ocean Playground

Late last week PlayGroundology clicked through to 100,000 page views. I want to say thanks and share this milestone with readers as it is your visits that made it happen.

Mayor Todd Franklin’s Neato Coolville

I’ve created a flickr slideshow that displays a number of blogs that have kindly introduced PlayGroundology to their readership. The slideshow starts with a page from the Mayor of Neato Coolville’s blog, an early supporter of PlayGroundology. Mayor Todd Franklin’s encouragement helped get me off to a good start.

Word of mouth, twitter, flickr, FB, Pinterest, other play and parenting bloggers and some mainstream media have also helped develop a growing audience. Thanks also to subscribers, commenters, guest contributors, pinners and those who have listed PlayGroundology as a favourite or a blog they follow.

From Canada’s Ocean Playground where the Gaelic is still a living spoken language, Ciad Mile Failte. The translation is 100,000 Welcomes and let me add 100,000 ‘Thank Yous’.

Thank you each and everyone. I’m hoping a few more 100,000 page views lie ahead.

Swiss Miss gives PlayGroundology a shout out.

Click here to see more PlayGroundology friends.

For those of you not familiar with the slogan Canada’s Ocean Playground, it is none other than Nova Scotia which just happens to be Playgroundology‘s home.

Playground Bunnies in America’s Heartland

Bunnies are big in Ohio playgrounds. Thanks to photog chronicler extraordinaire scottamus, PlayGroundology can get hopping with a few photos this Easter Sunday morning.

Photo credit: scottamus. Click image to enlarge.

This must be the Easter snow bunny that howled through our Nova Scotia community last night because there are now drifts outside our house covering yesterday’s green, green grass. Luckily there are no eggs buried under the white stuff.
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Photo credit – scottamus. Click image to enlarge.
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Photo credit: scottamus. Click image to enlarge.

Weather worn and in full stride.
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Photo credit: scottamus. Click image to enlarge.

This little rider reminds of that wascally, wacky rabbit, Bugs.
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Photo credit: scottamus. Click image to enlarge.

Ghost rider Easter bunny looking a little long in the rabbit tooth.
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More scottamus playground bunny finds here and a fine collection of old playground photos here.

Thanks scottamus for enabling these rider rabbits to take on the Easter Bunny persona today. May the chocolate eggs be with you.

Popular PlayGroundology Posts Year II Revisited

This is my second and final act of self indulgence vis à vis rebroadcasting PlayGroundology posts from year two. I think each of the four embody the magic and wonderful possibilities of the interweb whether they relate to researching, sharing, or collaborating. I hope you’ll enjoy these offerings. Thanks for visiting PlayGroundology.

Newsreel Playgrounds – British Pathé

Thanks to the assignment editors, producers and cinematographers at British Pathé for this selection of playgroundabilia ranging from 1939 to 1967 in various UK locales.

Click on the image to be taken to the play page. Clips can be played at full screen and each has a detailed shot list. Enjoy and thanks again to British Pathé for making their inventory available for public viewing.

Bolton Schoolyard Playground – 1939 – Runtime: 00:50

In all, there are five vignettes to enjoy. This spring I am planning a guest post on the British Pathé blog about these visual treasures and any others that I can source. More…
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Flickr Blog Features PlayGroundology Curated Photos

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What a pleasant surprise when I discovered that the Flickr blog had featured some photos curated by PlayGroundology in a flickr gallery entitled Swedish Aesthetic.

I never tire of thanking the photographers who post their images to flickr. Curating photos using the gallery function is nothing short of a gift. More…
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Seven Up! meets Adventure Playground

I came across a reference earlier this week to the adventure playground scene in the British documentary Seven Up!. The ongoing popularity of this television documentary made it relatively easy to find on the wonderbox as I sometimes call the internet. The acceleration of the opening sequence is zippingly exhilarting. More…
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ABCs for Play – Call and Answer

Starting this morning and ending on Christmas Day, PlayGroundology will be going through the alphabet one letter per day and asking people to submit their favourite words related to play for that letter.

PlayGroundology will send out a tweet ‘call’ each morning with some of its favourites and wait to receive ‘answers’ from others with their favourite play words for the letter of the day.

It was a great participatory game with wordplay and playwords galore. The A through Z results, ranging from 20 to 60 words per letter are posted on PlayGroundology. More…

Kids at Play II

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m infatuated with flickr. There are just so many great photographers posting striking photos for the world to see. I visit on a regular basis to see how people are capturing and documenting play.

Kids at Play II is the second installment of an occasional feature of images from around the world presented in PlayGroundology’s flickr photo galleries. Flickr galleries allow the curator to include any photo from amongst the 5 billion strong digital collection with two exceptions – the curator cannot include his or her own images and a contributor can choose to opt out of the ‘gallery’ functionality.

Photo credit – Jose Maria Cuellar, (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Worth a 1,000 words and more, these images tell the story of children at play in countries around the world. Despite differences in culture, environment and economic circumstances, these photos attest to a common language. Children everywhere have an innate desire to play – to have fun, to learn, to dream. As global citizens we have an obligation to ensure that kids who are in more difficult situations are able to more fully express their ability to play.

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From The Playground To The Podium

From the playground to the podium, this is how the Canadian Olympic Committee characterizes the physical fitness and sports continuum. To produce international calibre athletes we have to start young. Physical activity, exercise and games are critical from an early age.

So I wonder where today’s top athletes played as kids and where the stars of the future are playing now?

World Cup Rugby action from Auckland, New Zealand is one of this weekend’s big ticket items in international sports. On Sunday, the All Blacks take on France in the final on their home turf. Minutes before the game gets underway at Eden Park stadium, there will be some serious play as the All Blacks throw down their traditional challenge in the form of the haka.

Here’s a look at some New Zealand playgrounds (thanks again to flickr photographers) where future members of the All Blacks squad could be in early training now – developing their dexterity, building their strength and testing their physical limits.

Auckland’s best playgrounds are the subject of this New Zealand Herald story from 2010. There are some great images associated with this story too – just look for the photo link below and to the right of the story headline. So if you’re in Auckland over the weekend and looking for a positive and fun vibe before the final kicks off, check some of these playgrounds. The city also has a comprehensive online list of playgrounds that includes maps and equipment inventories but no photos.

Miramar Central School, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo credit – Mike Riversdale – Creative Commons, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Of course the playground to podium continuum flows in the opposite direction too. In North America, particularly in the US, there is a strong commitment to community and to play from a number of professional sports franchises. Some have teamed up with playground advocates like KaBOOM!

Back to rugby. I’d love to be there on Sunday hooting and hollering with the best of them, rooting for the All Blacks. It’s not that I don’t like the French. I lived in France for a couple of years as a kid during Pierre Villeneuve’s reign as captain of the French squad. No, it’s just that I like the All Blacks more. It is their esprit de corps and their ferociousness that appeal to me.

If you have any stories about sports and playgrounds (professional or amateur) we’d love to hear them @playgroundology or playgroundology@gmail.com.

Hungarian Playgrounds – Slides, Sculptures and Handcrafted Wood

Earlier this month, PlayGroundology posted a video of Hungarian youth refurbishing a neglected and unloved playground. If you haven’t read the post or watched the short video, take a peek here. It’s uplifting to see this playspace come alive again through the efforts of a group of young people.

Playgrounds in such a derelict state are few and far between. Click here for a Hungarian Playgrounds flickr gallery – slides, sculptures and handcrafted wood.

Playtime by NZSam
Playtime, a photo by NZSam on Flickr.

Thanks again to flickr photographers who allow their work to be shared in galleries.

Flickr Blog Features PlayGroundology Curated Photos

What a pleasant surprise last night when I discovered that the Flickr blog had featured some photos curated by PlayGroundology in a flickr gallery entitled Swedish Aesthetic.

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The appearance of PlayGroundology‘s curated photos in the Flickr blog was absolutely effortless on my part. Given that I was oblivious to it all, it was actually less than effortless. It all came to pass through standard social media sharing. Florida blogger and friend, Meg Rosker – Let Children Play, simply tweeted the link to the Swedish Aesthetic gallery to @flickr and the flickr folks took care of the rest. Thanks Meg and thanks too to flickr’s Kay Kremerskothen for making these photos available to a wider audience.

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I never tire of thanking the photographers who post their images to flickr. Curating photos using the gallery function is nothing short of a gift.

There has been a surge, a large uptick of visitors to this particular gallery. Some have sent kind words offering to take playground photos in their countries to share with the readers of PlayGroundology. I’ll be taking them up on this great offer.

There are more great playground photos – 13 PlayGroundolgy curated galleries worth right here. One of my favourites is Kids at Play.