I’m always looking for innovative public art, especially the kind that is interactive. Just this week two caught my eye in my Facebook stream.
© Masaki Koizumi
Artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created a crocheted gallery sized installation that kids couldn’t help but interact with. Next thing you know, she and her husband Charles MacAdam established Interplay Design and Manufacturing in Nova Scotia, Canada, to develop the concept of play ‘sculptures’ on a commercial scale. Check out more here: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/artist-crochets-playgrounds-children.html
Then my friend, artist, and professor Wendy Maruyama shared work of her UC San Diego former students Lanie Gannon and Rob Oglivie. Here is a video of their wonderful interactive mechanical art installed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN.
Interestingly enough both installations are low tech and are great examples of ways that artists really catered to the spirit of children.