Stringy yellow tube playscape, Blanton Museum of Art, Houston, Texas

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin has a large outdoor installation of stringy rubber tubes that kids can tie into knots, or grab in bunches to climb or swing, or just run through!  I love to see unconventional play materials.

photos via about Austin.   I couldn’t find the name of the designer or the date of the install (if you know, get in touch!) but it reminds me of this previously blogged ‘Circle of Squares’ installation made out of yellow pipes.

UPDATE:  Thanks to reader maggie for letting me know that this is a piece by Jesus Rafael Soto, known for his penetrables:  interactive sculptures of thin, dangling tubes designed to be moved through, in which the form of the sculpture is inseparable from the experience of the viewer.

UPDATE:  Image courtesy of Free Fun in Austin.

7 Responses to “Stringy yellow tube playscape, Blanton Museum of Art, Houston, Texas”

  1. Paige Johnson said:

    Thanks, Jacob!

    October 01, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  2. blinky said:

    The artist is Jesús Rafael Soto

    September 28, 2014 at 1:23 am

  3. rebecca said:

    yes!! i had the chance to play in one of these at moca in la and some kids were really running wild in the blue spaghetti jungle! jesus rafael soto's work is amazing, as is your blog!! thanks for sharing 🙂

    March 05, 2011 at 8:33 am

  4. Claudia Vega Diseño y Paisaje said:

    Hi,I,m a Landscape designer and I love your Blogs,how can I send you info about a lovely playscape in Barcelona?


    February 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  5. grrl + dog said:


    now there is a name for this.

    let me say I love your blog for the resourceful and contemporary take on play areas while underlining the “play” part.

    February 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

  6. Michelle said:

    Wow, it's so nice to see an art installation with a sense of humor, and that is meant to be played with. Too many artists are stuffy and don't want you to touch their work! 🙂

    February 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  7. maggie said:

    Hello, I think it's a Jesus Rafael Soto piece. A “penetrable.”

    February 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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