Recycled Cardboard Elephant, Nituniyo, Valencia Spain, 2015

I’ve featured some cardboard tube constructions on the blog before, but none as delightful as this cardboard elephant dubbed “Somnis de Pes” (Dreams of Weight) and formed from 6000 recycled cardboard tubes by Spanish design studio Nituniyo for the annual Falles festival in Valencia. Most of the festival constructions–destined to be burned at festival end—are cordoned off from adults and children alike, but this one was for play, and for inserting wishes into the elephant’s round ‘pixels’. I wish I saw more temporary play installations! Ephemeral opportunities make people see space in a new way, and draw them in for a ‘time-limited’ happening when they might not otherwise visit. They are an important part of the ‘spectrum of play’: enlivening public space with playful opportunities from small to large, path to destination, temporary to permanent.

cómo se hizo somnis de pes from nituniyo on Vimeo.


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