Most public art is made by adults, without taking children’s perspectives into account. Play Contract turns this on its head and invites children to become a part of the design process
The structures were designed and developed in collaborative workshops with over 100 local children. ‘Most public art is made by adults, without taking children’s perspectives into account,’ explains Superflex. ‘With Play Contract, the balance of power is tipped.’
Throughout the co-design process, a contract was drawn up, informed by the children’s perspectives, that requires grown-ups to submit to the conditions and priorities of children’s play in the area of the project.
This contract has also been carved into the sculptures, giving the children’s preferences a sense of permanence and power.
‘Adults strive to control the world around them, but play involves allowing for surprises and giving up control,’ says Superflex.