Grosse Tete, Francois Lalanne, La Grande Borne, Grigny France, 1967

Found at the enjoyable blog vulgare was this vintage playground I’d never heard of, located at La Grande Borne, a housing estate designed in 1965 by Emile Aillaud to include large-scale works of art.
I had difficulty finding complete information on this, but apparently the playground structures are by Francois Lalanne, known for his surrealistic animal sculptures like the “Rhinocrétaire”, a life-size rhinocerous that folds out a writing desk. Which would also be fun on a playground.
Aillaud’s ‘Instead of Balance’, a construction of swelling cobblestones that was apparently not originally intended as a playground, is nonetheless used as one as well.
photos via vulgare and Jean François Noël

3 Responses to “Grosse Tete, Francois Lalanne, La Grande Borne, Grigny France, 1967”

  1. niaou said:

    I run across your blog by chance and I found it very useful! I am an architect and I was looking for some information about different kinds of outdoor constructions for children. You really helped me a lot. I found most of them extremely interesting and led me to further searching! Keep up with the good job! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  2. niaou said:

    I run across your blog by chance and I found it very useful! I am an architect and I was looking for some information about different kinds of outdoor constructions for children. You really helped me a lot. I found most of them extremely interesting and led me to further searching! Keep up with the good job! 🙂

    January 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

  3. Tina said:

    I just discovered your blog – it is absolutely brilliant. I love playgrounds and public gardens that use art and imagination – congratulations. I will be back.

    July 27, 2009 at 1:02 am

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