Crochet playgrounds (yes, really)

This is surely the craftiest playground you’ll ever see.

Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam became a playground designer quite by accident. In the mid nineties, she was exhibiting a large-scale crochet piece, ‘Multiple Hammock No. 1’, at an art gallery when two children asked if they could swing in it. MacAdam agreed and watched nervously as they climbed into the ‘hammock’. The crochet piece stretched, swayed and came alive in ways that MacAdam had not anticipated. It gave her an idea and in 2000, her first large-scale crochet playground, Rainbow Net, came to life.

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Since that time, MacAdam has created several crochet playscapes around Japan. I think you’ll agree that these beautiful spaces are as much public art as they are playgrounds.

(via This is Colossal)

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).


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