Tools For Imagination
(2021)

Materials: Concrete, sand, stone, wood, steel, paint, rubber crumb.
Dimensions: Variable.

Tools For Imagination is a playground for Elmington Estate, South London, featuring carousels, climbing structures and coloured surfaces.

Tools For Imagination draws inspiration from the visionary work of Italian/Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, who used play to transform public spaces in São Paulo and Amsterdam respectively into more than 700 playgrounds between 1947 and 1978.

Developed over several months with children and residents, the playground is part of the South London Gallery’s Open Plan programme of collaborations with neighbouring housing estates.

Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
Tools For Imagination, Elmington Estate. Photograph by Andy Stagg.
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