The Brutalist Playground at Vitra Design Museum
See the 2015 RIBA commission The Brutalist Playground, by Assemble and Simon Terrill, on tour at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.
'The Brutalist Playground' explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century. The part sculpture, part architectural installation that invites people of all ages to come and play, evolves with newly commissioned elements for each venue.
Post-war playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect prevailing and social theories and concerns at that time. The original installation drew from a number of London estates: Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate, Poplar.
Assemble and Simon Terrill used photographs and archival material in the RIBA’s Collections, to recreate play structures cladded in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive playground where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work while offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects' original designs and intentions.
On Saturday January 28, 2017 at 10:00 am (ends Sunday April 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm)
Category: Arts - Visual Arts - Galleries / Art
Standard: EUR 11
Venue: Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, Weil am Rhein, D-79576