Art About Playgrounds


Untitled (but it's a playground), S...

Artist STEFAN Wykydal’s medium-to small-scale gouaches interpret the surroundings of his everyday life: community buildings, bus stops, schools and playgrounds. - Read the rest...

"Surfacing guidelines? We don't nee...

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1940 Image and caption submitted by reader Peter Hoh…thanks Peter! [original source]

A Natural Playscape by Kate Hazell

I’m in Edinburgh at the moment (slow posting due to travels!) and just bought this beautiful print of a fantasy - Read the rest...

Leonardo's Seesaw

Playful marginalia from the Codex Leicester of Leonardo da Vinci, now owned by Bill Gates.

Olle Eksell and Egon Moller-Nielsen...

I’ve featured Egon Möller-Nielsen’s trippy playground constructions on the blog before so my spine tingled when I saw this drawing - Read the rest...

The playground art of Daniel Dove

Daniel Dove kindly responded to my query about why he uses playgrounds in his art, answering that in addition to - Read the rest...

Nils Norman, Public Workplace Playg...

Nils also constructed a temporary playground structure for the Volksgarten in Graz in 2009. “…Norman has developed an installation of - Read the rest...

Nils Norman, Factory Floor, 2005

A 20 meter long mural executed for a 2005 exhibition entitled “Invisible Insurrection” in Bilbao [found at archinect]

Swing-set Houses, Tom Ngo

from a collection of architectural absurdities by artist Tom Ngo

Playground Architects, Josée Aubin...

A series of paintings exhibited at (appropriately) the YMCA during Edmonton Canada’s 2009 The Works Art & Design Festival. [source]

The Swing, George Shaw, 2003

“As a kid, I wanted something to happen.” George Shaw paints scenes from his 70s Coventry childhood in Humbrol enamels…model paints. “The Swing” - Read the rest...

Let's Play by the Gearhearts

Another nice book for Christmas giving–play related though not specifically playground related–is Let’s Play, a historic book being published by - Read the rest...

"Night Playground", Peter Doig, 199...

  sold this summer at Christie’s for $5,016,420.

Playground art by Edward del Rosari...

  Found via a NYT article on the declining number of children in Europe, the lonely playgrounds of Edward del - Read the rest...

The playground-inspired art of Judy...

“These days I daydream a lot about the territories that lay between child and adult worlds. These are the places - Read the rest...

Playground, PJ Crook

No equipment here…just community games. PJ Crook’s website

Playthings on the Playground or, Wh...

All this Brueghel has solidified some thoughts that have been percolating for some time. Notable by its absence in the - Read the rest...

Details from Brueghel's Children's ...

  The painting depicts over 250 children involved in an estimated 80 games. No playground equipment necessary…I could look at - Read the rest...

Breughel and Williams and playgroun...

  The paintings of Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1525-1569) were used as inspiration for a series of poems by - Read the rest...