Isamu Noguchi: Playscapes


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Author Isamu Noguchi, María García, Shaina Larrivee
Publisher RM/Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo
Date 2016
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 8.5 x 0.7 x 11.3 in., 224 pages
Bilingual Edition

The first volume brings together all of the Noguchi’s investigations into playgrounds over a period of 50 years. It reproduces his beautiful scale models, sketches and photographs of iconic designs, highlighting a little-known facet of one of the most versatile sculptors of the 20th century.

In 1933, the visionary sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) began making design proposals for children’s playgrounds in New York. The first one, Play Mountain  (1933), marked the beginning of the artist’s fascination with exploring points of intersection between sculpture, public spaces and, above all, play. Radically experimental in its approach to children’s recreation, the design asserted, with no apparent precedent, that children’s exercise and entertainment could be stimulated by simply providing earth modulations and steps for running, jumping and sliding.