Creative Play

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A new company, Free Play, specially designs delightful and thoughtful abstract playgrounds that encourage creative play. After noticing his daughters’ obsession with the hulking metal structures in a Richard Serra exhibition at the MoMA, Dan Schriebman began to brainstorm ideas for a playground that children actually wanted to use. The results are sculptural designs that encourage a different engagement than run of the mill swings and slides, motivating ‘unstructured play’ where kids can explore, discover, and reconfigure. This kind of imaginative play is proven to be critical to a child’s intellectual, physical, and social development. The first set of structures will be unveiled at a new FIFA stadium in Al Ain, UAE.

Image Free Play via Wired

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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