It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...

Why yes I'm rambling today

Robert Berry over at the excellent Retrocrush once wrote an article on a truly dangerous playground that keeps alternating between "cool" and "depressing." One of the highlights of the photo tour is the extra-large concrete slide on which you must use a flattened cardboard box so you don't, well, tear yourself up sliding down a goddamn concrete slide.

It reminds me of a sight I get to see twice every day -- a playground on Cross Street in Somerville which features what I believe to be the Most Depressing Piece of Playground Equipment ever. As pop art it may be considered something, but as something for a kid to play on, it's downright angst-inducing. It's a concrete easy chair.

Let's go over that again: It is an oversized easy chair. Made out of concrete. What kind of kid would want to climb around on a concrete freakin' easy chair? (Actually, the sad part is that I might've frequented the sad thing as a kid. Especially if it meant I wouldn't get bothered by other kids.)

Still. Who would have the idea to put that in a playground? It feels almost German in nature. WHich brings me to consider a Bauhaus playground. Utilitarian and functional -- but the function would be "HAVE FUN." Man, I want to see a design. It better include a concrete easy chair, dammit.

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