"Artistic design, 2 play environments"
During the winter of 2017, Örebro Municipality adopted new guidelines for playgrounds, with the aim of creating more varied play environments with high play values. An important development area is to strengthen children's influence over the environments - to create "permissive" places that children can influence, and to increase children's participation in the development of different play grounds. One development area is how Örebro Municipality can use arts and artists as a competences in the development of play environments and to strengthen children's influence and participation in these processes.
"Artistic design, 2 play environments" was a two year project where the first part could be seen as a research for the next. The project has been built up by social engaged processes with the children which has been based on relations, a number of art workshops and games. The result is two play environments, one more permanent (Norrby) and one semi-permanent installation (Tybble) where the participants has been a part of all the decisions from the beginning to the final installation.
First place: Norrbyparken: Earth Drawing Norrbykatten
A cooperation between Jenny Berntsson, youth educator Kristina Andersson, children in school year 2, The Departments of parks and recreation in Örebro, Örebro Konsthall and Statens Konstråd.
Norrbykatten can be seen from the above as an earth drawing or a landmark in the shape of a cat's head. Form the ground the line is working as a running path that is a connection between different (new) play grounds in the park.
Second place: Tybbleparken: The wooden stick game/ Pinnleken
A cooperation between Jenny Berntsson, youth educator and artist Mark Andersson, children in school year 2, The Departments of parks and recreation in Örebro, Örebro Konsthall and Statens Konstråd.
The wooden stick game/ Pinnleken is a semi permanent installation that - with aesthetical and social engaged processes - became a more wild and process-like environment. The place can be seen as an extended colorful forest where you find a lot of building material or as constantly changing sculpture where the material is connected by the park, the running path, game and the gamers.