Knit your own playground with Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam
There are least two fantastically original ideas embodied in the work of Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. One is the concept of sculpture and public art aimed specifically at children – touchable, colourful and entertaining – and the other is the use of crochet, of all things, on a massive and ambitious scale. The images here are of Woods of Net, a gigantic abstract playground housed in what looks like a particularly successful game of Jenga. Part of the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, it looks like a genuinely thrilling play environment.
Horiuchi Macadam is one the world’s leading textile artists. She was born in 1940 and is now based in Halifax, Canada. She describes her work as ‘imaginative explorations of colour and form ‘ and she orders her yarn supplies by the ton!