#PlaySculptureSaturday, Bård Breivik, Bergen, Norway

Some years ago I posted the most beautiful climbing wall in the world; a carved wooden orb at a preschool in Finland.  I’ve seen nothing since to even approach it, until Bård Breivik’s KUBE sculpture in Bergen, Norway.  Its shiny, touchable surfaces attracted not just the attention of children but also their instinct to climb.  I doubt they cared that the stainless steel sculpture materialized mathematical equations, including the Doppler effect, but I very much like the idea that they were climbing on math.

Breivik would certainly welcome it; he is also the sculptor of Bergen’s lovely water rills, making runoff  (drainage issues should be generally seen as an *asset* to a site) not just visible but also playful.

And I ask–for the millionth time–why playgrounds aren’t more beautiful?  How would playgrounds be different if they had to qualify, like these examples, as pieces of a permanent art collection?

[Cube images by Anne Worner,  water rill image by the ever-playful Frode Svane.

3 Responses to “#PlaySculptureSaturday, Bård Breivik, Bergen, Norway”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    I didn’t know about Breivik’s death Claire…thanks for letting me know!

    February 09, 2016 at 9:08 am

  2. CP said:

    The Bergen Kube is phenomenal. I looked up sculptor Bård Breivik and just learned that he died much too young on January 10, 2016. A great loss. Much of his public art is on his website, http://www.bardbreivik.no

    February 05, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  3. Bob Meihaus said:

    Simplistic answer to your question, as far as the USA applies. Large Manufacture controlled market that hire individuals that excel in AutoCAD not creativity and their focus on products that can be massed produced, not unique or one of a kind pieces. Liability issues and fears, for clients and those parties that might have alternative or more creative solutions. Most of all, few opportunities nor organization or network to seek out and involve more creative talent.

    August 09, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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