September 3, 2019

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Jose Fresan

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Noguchi’s Central Park playground

Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum Renowned sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi often dived into the world of public space. In 1941, he created the concept for a playground based in part modulations: The Contoured Playground. 78 years later the Noguchi Museum in Queens with the help of architect Naomi Frangos, …

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Courtesy of The Noguchi Museum

Renowned sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi often dived into the world of public space. In 1941, he created the concept for a playground based in part modulations: The Contoured Playground. 78 years later the Noguchi Museum in Queens with the help of architect Naomi Frangos, have created a 10 ft square enlargement of the original model.

The In Search of Contoured Playground exhibition gives the visitor the chance to understand and study Noguchi’s thinking behind the playgrounds concept. Countoured Playground was intended for Central Park, It is a landscape with gentle hills, subtle depressions, and ridges that gradually slope up from the ground to a defined edge. This was not the first time Noguchi had designed playgrounds but whether World War II or Robert Moses

Noguchi wanted people who experienced his spaces to feel like the first person on Earth, which is such a beautiful idea. And this is exactly how this playground feels, the sense of raw pure land that the model gives is a unique one, and makes you wonder what it would actually feel to stand on this imaginary playground.

You can visit In Search of Contoured Playground at the Noguchi Museum in Queens.

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Model of ‘Contoured Playground’ by Isamu Noguchi. Photography: Nicholas Knight
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Model of ‘Contoured Playground’ by Isamu Noguchi. Photography: Nicholas Knight
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Model of ‘Contoured Playground’ by Isamu Noguchi. Photography: Nicholas Knight
new york branding sports graphic design firm
Model of ‘Contoured Playground’ by Isamu Noguchi. Photography: Nicholas Knight
new york branding sports graphic design firm
Model of ‘Contoured Playground’ by Isamu Noguchi. Photography: Nicholas Knight