I have been fascinated by the work of Isamu Noguchi ever since studying it during my GCSE Art. Noguchi was a Japanese American artist, designer and landscape architect. His work is diverse, encompassing everything from Furniture to Playgrounds to Theatre Sets.
Whilst travelling around Japan this year, I made it a priority to seek out some of his works that are in the country (most of them are in the USA). And so, I ended up taking a 20 hour train journey North from Osaka, in Sapporo, home to Noguchi's final work 'Moerenuma Park'.
Until 1988, when the city's Greenbelt Plan took over, the site was being used as a landfill. Noguchi was commissioned to re-create it as a "park that is considered to be one complete structure". Although he died later that year, his designs had been completed and they were carried out posthumously, finishing in 2005.
I don't need to do a step-by-step description of the features of the park, you can see that here. So I thought I'd just share some of my photos of the Play Equipment, in which, I feel, Noguchi struck the perfect balance between sculptural beauty and function as child entertainment. From the choice of colours, to the use of common materials like concrete, I think the result works fantastically on many levels.