The Brutalist Playground at Vitra Design Museum

The 2015 RIBA commission The Brutalist Playground, is touring to the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. The part sculpture, part architectural installation was created by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill.

Date

January 14 2017 • 10.00am
to
April 16 2017 • 6.00pm

Contact

RIBA Public Programmes exhibitions@riba.org

venue

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Tickets

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Assemble and Simon Terrill, The Brutalist Playground, 2016. Installation photo taken at S1 Artspace, Sheffield,  July 2016. Photography: Alun Bull © the artists

The Brutalist Playground explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century. Post-war playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect prevailing and social theories and concerns at that time. The original installation drew from a number of London estates: Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate, Poplar.

In 2016 it toured to Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen and also S1 Artspace, Sheffield where new elements were added to the originally commissioned works at each venue, drawing from Seamount Court in Aberdeen and the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield respectively. The Sheffield Park Hill Estate structure will be shown alongside the original London elements in Weil am Rhein in 2017.

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Assemble and Simon Terrill, The Brutalist Playground, 2016. Installation photo taken at S1 Artspace, Sheffield,  July 2016. Photography: Alun Bull © the artists 

Assemble and Simon Terrill used photographs and archival material in the RIBA's Collections, to recreate play structures cladded in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive playground where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work while offering a renewed understanding and critique of the architects' original designs and intentions. Archive images of the original playgrounds are projected on the walls. 

The Brutalist Playground is showing at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany from 14 January to 16 April 2017. For further details and to plan your visit please visit their website.

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