You don't often get the chance to touch art, to enter it and explore it, but that is exactly what you can do at the Hindmarsh Square Playground. This interactive play-space is unlike any other urban art in Adelaide, and unlike any other playground.
Backyard Scene at Hindmarsh Square Playground
The Hindmarsh Square Playground was in 2009 named SA's best public urban landscape project for the year. When you visit it you can see why. The oversized sculptures that make up the playground are able to ignite curiosity and imagination.
Children can climb over, walk through, and slide under, the seemingly random oversized objects on offer at the playground. It is not until stepping back and viewing the whole scene as a whole that it reveals itself as a jumbled backyard filled with discarded food scraps and a running hose.
It is not just any backyard, but a typical Australian backyard. A single thong lies scattered in the setting, cementing its place in the Australian garden. For those viewing the installation it is a work of art, a look into Australian life, and a familiar scene to anyone in suburban Australia. For kids it means one thing - fun.
While everyone can enjoy the playground, not all can play on it. Only children 12 and under are allowed to explore the sculptures. Curious adults will have to make do with admiring from afar. This is great for parents, because the playground has proven a popular hangout for city teens. The age restriction means parents can have more peace of mind that their kids can play in peace without being encroached upon by older children.
The Hindmarsh Square Playground joins other urban art around Adelaide that encourages people to interact and explore the city, rather than staying within their comfort zone. It is one of the few playgrounds in the CBD, and is so close to the Rundle Mall shopping precinct that it is a perfect stop off for children who begin to tire from day long shopping trips.
Discarded Fish Bones
Satisfy your curiosity, and feed your imagination and inspiration, and take a walk to the Hindmarsh Square Playground for an interesting day of fun.