by Rino Ruggeri
Sculpted Landscapes: Isamu Noguchi’s Playgrounds | Socks Studio
Probably the projects that best summarize his multiple skills and passions are his groundbreaking (built and unbuilt) playscapes which challenged the traditional image of a space for childrens.
The components of a Noguchi playground may always be experienced by the children in multiple ways.
Instead of directly suggesting a single act to be performed (sliding, climbing, swinging), these projects require kids to engage with a space, to explore and subvert it.
The imaginary that shapes the design of Noguchi’s playgrounds, conceived as sculpted landscapes, originates from his researches of pre-columbian cultures’ tumuli, of surrealist artworks, as well as from his lifelong attempt to merge traits of western and eastern cultures (he was born by an American mother and a Japanese father).