Grounds for Play was an exhibition at Moiety NYC by Field Experiments. It was part of a continued study into the process of play for making and thinking. Springing from a five-year photographic documentation of New York City playgrounds, it explored the materials, shapes and structures that signify play.
The project presented a series of studies informed by design vernacular of the playground. Fuelled by Field Experiment’s interest in adhocism and appropriation, gathered objects and materials common to playgrounds were organized, manipulated, arranged, rearranged, perched, leant, bent, curved, stretched, hoisted, pulled and strung together. Grounds for Play explores the form of the playground. Like the lifeless photographs that inspired the work, the structures are purposefully void of activity drawing the materials and shapes into focus.