Recess Goes Quick, Make it Count 

Isamu Noguchi attempted to create playgrounds for several American locations from the 1930s-50s. Some were realized but many were turned down due to their precarious nature and potentially dangerous constructs. He envisioned the playground landscape as an opportunity to pursue a sculptural design rather than adhering to a traditional playground model. He called them Playscapes. I used this as inspiration for Recess Goes Quick, Make it Count. Using industrial piping and various found industrial materials, alongside plasticine, play pit balls and colour throughout, I created my own playground situated in the hallway of OCAD University. In this installation one would find a rope hoisting up a PVC pipe cut in half to make a slide, a frail ladder leaned up against its highest point with each step painted a different colour; a tether-ball with its centre pipe, a yellow plastic telephone pole protector; a swing made of a curved red large pipe is held up over vents with rainbow play pit balls stuffed into a mesh fabric pipe wrap; monkey bars with rubber bands as its rings and golden nylon string loosely hangs between more pipes. A strange rock formation on a rusty piece of rebar has been transformed into a puzzle game, in abstract form, for the more contemplative player. Using Jane Bennett’s ideas in Vibrant Matter on the ‘Agency of Assemblages’ I not only consider the ‘thing-power’ which illustrates the inherent vibrancy and agency of inanimate materials but also how “an actant never really acts alone.” (21) The actants, the players, the agents are the materials used in Recess Goes Quick, Make it Count, responding to each other and remain connected by their own silent network.

PVC piping, plastic chain, playpit balls, pipe fabric meshing, plaster, plastic, rope, metal, paint, kids’ swimming noodle, rubber band, stone, wood.


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