July 18, 2012
'Rainbow Nest' Playground Crafted with Crochet
Coming from someone who can't even sew on a button, I am entirely awestruck by this playground called Rainbow Nest, which sprung to life in Japan via the genius crochet abilities of Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam.
MacAdam's foray into fashioning gigantic playgrounds out of thread (which she orders by the ton for these types of creations) was a happy accident. The backstory is as follows:
"Two children had entered the gallery where she was exhibiting 'Multiple Hammock No. 1' and, blissfully unaware of the usual polite protocols that govern the display of fine art, asked to use it. She watched nervously as they climbed into the structure, but then was thrilled to find that the work suddenly came alive in ways she had never really anticipated. She noticed that the fabric took on new life - swinging and stretching with the weight of the small bodies, forming pouches and other unexpected transformations, and above all there were the sounds of the undisguised delight of children exploring a new play space."
Here's hoping MacAdam's handiwork ends up stateside soon. I'd love to have a go on one of her playgrounds. To see more images of this amazing play structure, click here.