Play is explored as a means of discovery, a way to engage with wonder.
Irregular plaster forms are created to be playfully rearranged in ways to re-imagine the playground. It combines the real with spatial prompts to provide a paired back space where the child is free to imagine.
HOW DO CHILDREN PLAY?
Children are instinctively challenged in their physical abilities, emotional behaviour and social relationships when they play. They take part in a rehearsal of scenarios, that grant them freedom to learn skills to thrive in life.
A specially dedicated play moment triggered by the occasional rainfall. Carved out from the earth the space is designed to contain and frame the rain in an enlarged puddle. The hill like forms are an extension of the grass and mimic the rhythm of looping bike rack.
“A sacred space, a temporarily real world of its own, has been expressly hedged off for it. But with the end of the play its effect is not lost; rather it continues to shed its radiance on the ordinary world outside, a wholesome influence working security, order and prosperity for the whole community until the sacred play-season comes round again.”
Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens : A Study of the Play-element in Culture. Reprint of the Ed. 1949. London: Routledge, 1998.