Grounds for Play, Glasgow, 2004 and continuing

‘Grounds for Play’ was designed to exploration the interrelationship between art and play in a public setting; in this case Bellahouston Park outside the modern completion of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s celebrated ‘House for an Art Lover’ design in Glasgow, Scotland. The winner of a 2001 design competition for the overall scheme of the grounds was Gareth Hoskins Architects, who designed a carpet of leaf-like mounds to frame custom designed play and art objects. 26 giant leaves or grassy mounds currently house 15 specially commissioned play pieces for children. House for an Art Lover hopes to continue adding pieces to the park.
Graeme Andrew – Clouds
Katy Barac – Jelly Babies
Tassy Thompson – the mini forest and skara brae
Elspeth Bennie – peace cairn sculpture and bug swings
Alex Rigg & Trevor Leat – Bellahouston ship
Lorraine Aaron – rainbow bridge

[image by poodiecat via flickr]

Unless noted otherwise, all images courtesy of House for an Art Lover and Gareth Hoskins Architects. Additional information on the pieces in this City of Glasgow guide.

I’ve been to Scotland several times but never Glasgow…must put it on the list for the next visit.

One Response to “Grounds for Play, Glasgow, 2004 and continuing”

  1. Not Just Handbags said:

    Hi just stumbled across your blog and love it! We went to Bellhouston Park a few years ago when I was visiting House For An Art Lover and it is amazing. The only thing that stopped the kids moaning about visiting yet another art gallery. At last here was art they could climb on! If you get the chance to go Glasgow is an amazing city! Elissa x

    February 09, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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