Tag Archives: Playground

Le città e il gioco. 8.

Just out of town, up one of the many valleys and creeks (near Leichtweißhöhle) there is this playground in the woods. Of the playgrounds I ‘investigated’ this one is most appealing due to its air of adventure. The trees surrounding this place account for  special lighting conditions: Making pictures, you have to be patient – and then quick.

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Le città e il gioco. 7.

These two finds came as surprises: I had almost given up on finding a ‘classical’ swing and the type of seesaw I remember from my childhood when I came across this swing casting its shadow near Leichweißhöhle. And I found a modernist seesaw on a playground near Parkstraße I had almost dismissed as not really worth while visiting – until the morning sun hitting the sand taught me better.

With light being as transient as it is, both these situations may have been unique – which is why I think this post is quite appropriate as a contribution to this week’s photo challenge.

Le città e il gioco. 1.

It cannot be known what Italo Calvino would have told us about the cities and the game in his novel Le città invisibili (Invisible Cities).

Would he have thought of strange objects defining particular spaces within the urban space? Would he have mentioned architects devising structures that seem to defy any sense of purpose? Would he have noticed that the seeming absence of rationality follows its own rules – rules that lie at the basis of an invitation to explore, dig, swing, or climb?

And what – if anything – would he have related about the inhabitants of these cities who so willingly accept these invitations at a certain age? Could he have said that those who are past that age just turn a blind eye at the cities’ appeal because they are afraid they, too, would willingly submit to it?

[In a certain ironic way, taking a camera to a playground, you do not have to be ashamed of being caught playing.]

Adolfsallee, Wiesbaden