Octagon Shelter/Playhouse, Laura Marotta, Ontario, 2014

Thanks to artist Laura Marotta for submitting her octagon shelter/playhouse,  “a simple wooden and steel structure that makes use of shifting panels and components to allow the viewer to activate its functionality and modify its shape. The wooden shell is detailed with handles, hinges, latches, door stoppers and wheels, where swinging, pulling, opening and closing the panels allows for a range of seating options, shapes and views.”

I’m always hoping playground installations will become more moveable and flexible, and I love how the octagon shelter invokes those ideas!  Laura’s more static octahedral installations are also quite climbable and playful; I’d love to see them on the playground.


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