Category Archives: Play as Public Art

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 as Public Art

On June 3rd, more than 30,000 runners will rule the streets of San Diego for a few hours during this city’s edition of the Rock & Roll Marathon. If they could just pass by a spit of wall stretching from the corner Camino de la Reina and Hotel Circle North in the last quarter of the race, a mural there just might provide an extra energy kick.


There’s a baker’s dozen of happy, laughing kids freeze-framed in moments of play including two wearing Blue Jay uniforms – the artist’s favourite team perhaps? This static mural, complete with beach balls and a wing-eared dachshund, promised motion as it danced across my field of vision our first day in San Diego.

Near airborne daschshund

Since them, I’ve gone back on a nearly daily pilgrimage to enjoy the lightness of this space, the eternal optimism of innocence at play. The simplicity of the images, the expressions on the kids’ faces and the disconnect with the surrounding cityscape are eloquent statements on the joy of play.

See the rest of the Camino de la Reina players here.

Heels in the air

Drop us a line about any public art depicting play or being used for play that we can share with PlayGroundology readers –