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Installation view of M+ Playscape, where three configurations of Isamu Noguchi's red Octetra play sculptures are placed across a roof garden among grassy bushes and cubical granite benches.

M+ Playscape

M+ Playscape

21 Apr 2022
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Free entry

M+ Playscape is a space inspired by and features the work of sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi. With play and flexibility in mind, Noguchi designed structures influenced by natural and historical forms and encouraged audiences to interact with his landscapes and play sculptures, known as ‘Playscapes’. Unlike most objects in the museum, we encourage you to touch and interact with these works in undirected, freeform ways.

This playscape includes benches adapted from a public space called California Scenario (1980–1982, Costa Mesa, California, United States) and three play sculptures: several configurations of Octetra, a Play Pyramid excerpted from a makeshift playground Kodomo no kuni (1965–1966, Yokohama, Japan), and a Play Mound adapted from Piedmont Park’s Playscapes (1975–1976, Atlanta, Georgia, United States). These play structures are tools for stimulating our senses, inspiring experiential experimentation, and making connections between the body and the imagination.

Please take caution while visiting M+ Playscape. Parental supervision is required.

About the Artist

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988, United States) was a sculptor and designer. Over his long career, he created a wide range of works that bring together multiple creative disciplines. He dedicated his life to making sculpture 'a vital force in our everyday life' by exploring its functional potential in social settings.

This presentation is realised by M+, Hong Kong in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Image at top: Installation view of M+ Playscape, 2022. Photo: Lok Cheng, M+, Hong Kong