April 8, 2009

The Egg and Stuff: Mod Swedish Playgrounds by Egon Moeller-Nielsen


Stockholm - Tessinparken, originally uploaded by jaime.silva.

I don't like to get my awesome vintage playground news from crazy, old post-war magazine articles about those crazy foreigners making fortunes from their crazy gadgets, but in this case, I'll let it slide. So to speak.

The Nazis chased sculptor Egon Möller-Nielsen out of Denmark, and a generation of Swedish playground denizens have been thanking them ever since.

Starting around 1949, Moeller-Nielsen created wild, biomorphic concrete play sculptures like Tuffsen, the cave/castle below, which was [is?] in Reimer Holm Park in Stockholm.

egon_moeller_tuffsen.jpg

And The Egg, which went into Tessinpark in 1951, is obviously still going strong in 2007, as Jaime Silva's flickr stream proves.

Fortunes in Foreign Gadgets, Mech. Ill, 1953 [modernmechanix]
images tracked down via playscapes, the excellent playground design blog [playgrounddesigns.blogspot.com]

1 Comment

wow! awesome! the bottom one makes me think i might have encountered something like this in my childhood or maybe it's like part of something bigger i've seen... either way, thank you!!! supercool

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